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Re-forming the Nation in Literature and Film - Entwuerfe zur Nation in Literatur und Film: The Patriotic Idea in Contemporary German-Language Culture- Die patriotische Idee in der deutschsprachigen Kultur der Gegenwart - Leeds-Swansea Colloquia on Contemporary German Literature 3 (Paperback)
  • Re-forming the Nation in Literature and Film - Entwuerfe zur Nation in Literatur und Film: The Patriotic Idea in Contemporary German-Language Culture- Die patriotische Idee in der deutschsprachigen Kultur der Gegenwart - Leeds-Swansea Colloquia on Contemporary German Literature 3 (Paperback)
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Re-forming the Nation in Literature and Film - Entwuerfe zur Nation in Literatur und Film: The Patriotic Idea in Contemporary German-Language Culture- Die patriotische Idee in der deutschsprachigen Kultur der Gegenwart - Leeds-Swansea Colloquia on Contemporary German Literature 3 (Paperback)

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In the year that Europe commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and the European Union faces a crisis of legitimacy, the national question is once again being posed across the Continent. This volume assesses how contemporary German-language writers and filmmakers have approached this troubled question over the last decade. It addresses whether the collective entity known as Germany should more properly be conflated with the Federal Republic, with its successful sixty-five-year history (`the best Germany we have ever had'), rather than the `nation' with all its tainted connotations and corrupted concepts such as `Vaterland'. Contemporary Germany is a product not only of its history up to 1945 but also of the process of understanding that history and acting upon that understanding since the defeat of National Socialism. Each of the sixteen essays collected here illuminates a different segment of a bigger picture, whose shape and shades are themselves evolving. Presented as a whole their purpose is to provoke further discussion among observers of the contemporary German-speaking scene.
In dem Jahr, in dem Europa den 100. Jahrestag des Ausbruchs des Ersten Weltkriegs begeht, und die Europaische Union eine Legitimitatskrise durchmacht, stellt sich in ganz Europa wieder einmal die `nationale Frage'. Dieser Band zeigt Antworten von deutschsprachigen Autoren und Filmemachern aus den letzten zehn Jahren. Es wird gefragt, ob es nicht passender ware, das unter dem Namen `Deutschland' firmierende Kollektiv als `Bundesrepublik' zu erfassen, und somit die Idee der `Nation' mit all seinen Bruchen - bis hin zum verpoenten `Vaterland' - zu verabschieden. `Das beste Deutschland, das es je gegeben hat' zeichnet immerhin eine Erfolgsgeschichte seit 65 Jahren. Das heutige Deutschland ist ohne Zweifel ein Produkt seiner Geschichte bis 1945, aber auch von Prozessen des Verstehens und der Verstandigung uber diese Geschichte seit dem Ende des Nationalsozialismus. Jeder der sechzehn Beitrage in diesem Band beleuchtet ein Fragment eines groesseren Bilds, das selbst standig im Umbruch ist. Als Ganzes sollen diese Beitrage die Debatte unter Beobachtern der heutigen deutschsprachigen Welt anregen.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034317306
Number of pages: 321
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition


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"The diversity of genres and perspectives discussed makes the volume as a whole a convincing and inspiring read for students and academics alike."
(Ute Woelfel, Modern Language Review, Vol. 110, 2015)

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