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Representations Of German Identity

Author : Deborah Ascher Barnstone
ISBN : 3034308418
Genre : Art
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Who is -German-? What defines -Germanness-? These questions about national identity have continued to confound both Germans and foreign observers in light of Germany's complex history: its changing borders between 1871 and 1989 make even a geographic definition of the nation complex, let alone allowing for a clear definition of the national character. Questions about German identity continue to play out not only in political discussions but also in visual cultural forms.<BR> This essay collection examines the multi-faceted nature of German identity through the lens of myriad forms of visual representation. The contributors explore the nature of German national identity in different historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present and consider how conceptions of that identity have been depicted across the broad spectrum of visual culture: from painting to sculpture, advertising to architecture, television and film to installation art. Because of the unusual approach, the essays address broad questions about identity formation, authenticity, and affirmation in the German context. Together, the essays in this volume demonstrate the complexities of identity construction and offer new insights into the -German Question- from the perspective of visual culture."

Representing German Identity In The New Berlin Republic

Author : Olaf Kuhlke
ISBN : 0773462767
Genre : Political Science
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This study examines the multiple and conflicting ways in which German national identity is spatially expressed through the material and metaphor of the human body. In particular, it describes the various gendered, sexed, and raced constructions of Germany, as they emerged in the capital city of Berlin since 1989. Based on two ethnographic case studies situated in neighboring urban environments, the Love Parade and the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, the author shows how bodily representations of post-1989 Germany are fluctuating between the sexualized, demasculinized celebration of multiculturalism and the repeatedly racist, masculinist and even anti-Semitic reconstruction of German nationhood.

When Is German Not A German

Author : Lesley Jane Black
ISBN : OCLC:614466915
Genre : Germany
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Fellow Tribesmen

Author : Frank Usbeck
ISBN : 9781782386551
Genre : History
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Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Germans exhibited a widespread cultural passion for tales and representations of Native Americans. This book explores the evolution of German national identity and its relationship with the ideas and cultural practices around "Indianthusiasm." Pervasive and adaptable, imagery of Native Americans was appropriated by Nazi propaganda and merged with exceptionalist notions of German tribalism, oxymoronically promoting the Nazis' racial ideology. This book combines cultural and intellectual history to scrutinize the motifs of Native American imagery in German literature, media, and scholarship, and analyzes how these motifs facilitated the propaganda effort to nurture national pride, racial thought, militarism, and hatred against the Allied powers among the German populace.

Searching For A New German Identity

Author : Theresa M. Ganter
ISBN : 3039110489
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book investigates Heiner Muller's use of the "Geschichtsdrama" as a tool in his search for post-World War II and post-reunification German identity in "Germania Tod in Berlin" (1956/1971) "and Germania 3 Gespenster am Toten Mann" (1996), respectively. By using specific examples organized into relevant categories, the author demonstrates not only how these historical, allegorical, and political persons and events have affected the course of German history in Muller's opinion, but also how he believes they have influenced German identity of the past and present and may affect its future. In her analyses of these two dramas, the author explores the many historical, political, and allegorical characters as well as the abundant intertextual references by locating their original sources in order to explain their significance as each relates to Muller's perception of German identity at various points in time. The research focuses on Muller's use of the literary techniques of intertextuality, collage, metaphors, allegorical figures, political songs, ballads, and fairy tales. The methodological approach is eclectic: a mixture of New Criticism, New Historicism, and "Rezeptionsasthetik.""

Representations Of Heimat And Trauma In Selected German And Polish Poetry And Prose In Silesia 1939 1949

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Both Germans and Poles claim an historical right to Silesia, although Silesia has been Poland's westernmost province since 1945. As a result, it has been difficult for Poles and Germans to agree on how the history of Silesia should be portrayed. This project uses trauma theory, as articulated by Cathy Caruth, Kai Erickson, and others to analyze selected auto/biographical writings and poetry of Horst Schirm, Horst Bienek, Dagmar Nick, Czeslaw Milosz, Tadeusz Rozewicz, Emilia Michalska, Janina Jaworska-Demczakowa, and Alojzy Sliwa. The German authors tend to define a localized Heimat---their city or town, while Poles tend to view their Heimat as the Polish nation. Depictions of trauma also differ. Schirm and Bienek's trauma is closely tied to the loss of childhood and is presented through pathologies of memory: autistic response, silence, and false memory. Nick's poetry represents the trauma of refugees seeking acceptance. Her language explores the psychology of the moment of trauma. Milosz's poetic voice portrays the conflict between the desire to enjoy life and the need to be a voice for the dead. Similarly, Rozewicz accedes to the traditional role of Polish poets to guide the nation. Like Nick, he seeks to redefine and manipulate language in order to depict the trauma of World War II and its aftermath. The trauma of Poles and Germans is then applied to the question of writing a history of Silesia that both groups can accept---a difficult task, since each group sees the other as the author of their trauma. This project proposes that by refusing the framework that presents Poles and Germans as victim and persecutor, by voicing formerly repressed memories of trauma and guilt, and by uncovering the layers of historical truths that have been obscured by the myths of succeeding layers, two memory traditions can be reconciled. The result is a destabilized narrative where neither tradition occupies center stage.

Cultural Memory Identity And Representations Of Flight And Expulsion

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Since the beginning of the 21st century, the topic of the expulsion of Germans after 1945 has received more attention in the wider public sphere, professional historical and in fictional writing than ever before. As a consequence, over the last years the field of German Studies has developed an enormous interest in this topic, which is part of the recent discourse of German victimhood during World War II. The issue of flight and expulsion is intimately related to the ongoing evolution and also construction of a German cultural identity through the creation of a 'usable past.'

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