German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989 - Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany (Paperback)Nina Berman (author)
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This analysis of literary and related writing reveals that German views about the Middle East evolved over the centuries and that various forms of action toward the Middle East differed substantially as well. Ideas about religion, culture, race, humanism, nation, and modernity, which emerged successively but remain operative to this day, have fashioned Germany's changed attitudes toward the Middle East. Exploring the interplay between textual discourses and social, political, and economic practices and materiality, German Literature on the Middle East offers insights that challenge accepted approaches to the study of literature, particularly approaches that insist on the centrality of the linguistic construction of the world. In addition, Berman presents evidence that the German encounter with the Middle East is at once distinct and yet at the same time characterised by patterns shared with other European countries. By addressing the individual nature of the German encounter in the larger European context, this study fills a considerable gap in current scholarship.
The interdisciplinary approach of German Literature on the Middle East will be of interest to the humanities in general, and specifically to scholars of German studies, comparative literature, Middle Eastern studies, and history.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
--Anna Akasoy, "Journal of Islamic Studies"
--Anna Akasoy"Journal of Islamic Studies" (10/25/2012)
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