The Resource Generational shifts in contemporary German culture, edited by Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Susanne Vees-Gulani, (electronic resource)

Generational shifts in contemporary German culture, edited by Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Susanne Vees-Gulani, (electronic resource)

Generational shifts in contemporary German culture
Generational shifts in contemporary German culture
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edited by Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Susanne Vees-Gulani
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In the debates on German history and culture that have been going on since 1945, the concept of generations has become ever more prominent. Recent and ongoing shifts in how the various generations are seen -- and see themselves -- in relation to history and to each other have taken on key importance in contemporary German cultural studies. Events such as the Second World War and the Holocaust, the expulsions of ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern Europe, the immigration of laborers and asylum seekers, the student movement, even reunification have now evolved from solely first-generational lived experiences to historical moments now seen also through the eyes of successor generations. The concept of the generation, seen as a category of memory, thus holds a key to comprehending major transitions in German collective, national, and cultural identity. The changing generational perspectives of German writers and filmmakers not only reflect but also influence these trends, exposing the differences one would anticipate between generational views, as well as conscious and unconscious continuities. Moreover, as younger artists reframe established interpretations of recent history, older generations, most notably the 1968ers, are also contributing to these shifts by reassessing their own experiences and cultural contributions. This volume of essays by German Studies scholars from the US and Germany applies current discussions surrounding the concept of generations in German culture to contemporary works dealing with major sociohistorical events since the Nazi period. It reveals how theories of generation, when applied to the analysis of the representation of these events, help explain major transitions in German identity today. Laurel Cohen-Pfister is Associate Professor in the German Department at Gettysburg College, and Susanne Vees-Gulani is Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University
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Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture
Generational shifts in contemporary German culture, edited by Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Susanne Vees-Gulani, (electronic resource)
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  • ""Frontcover""; ""CONTENTS ""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ""; ""INTRODUCTION: A Generational Approach to German Culture""; ""Part 1: Victim Legacies and Perpetrator Postmemory""; ""1: Generations and German-Jewish Writing: Maxim Billerâ€?s Representation of German-Jewish Love from “Harlem Holocaustâ€? to Liebe heute""; ""2: Between Reevaluation and Repetition: Ulla Hahnâ€?s Unscharfe Bilder and the Lasting Influence of Family Conflicts about the Nazi Past in Current Literature of the 1968 Generation""
  • ""11: No Questions Asked: Intergenerational Silence in Stasi Victim Families Jeder schweigt von etwas anderem (2006)""; ""Part 4: Globalized Identities""; ""12: Transnationalism Meets Provincialism: Generations and Identifications in Faserland, Kurz und schmerzlos, and Selam Berlin""; ""13: From Farbe bekennen to Schokoladenkind: Generational Change in Afro-German Autobiographies""; ""CONTRIBUTORS""; ""INDEX ""; ""Backcover ""
  • ""3: Beyond the Victims Debate: Flight and Expulsion in Recent Novels by Authors from the Second and Third Generation (Christoph Hein, Reinhard Jirgl, Kathrin Schmidt, and Tanja DÃ?ckers)""""4: Fictionalizations: Holocaust Memory and the Generational Construct in the Works of Contemporary Women Writers""; ""5: Play It Again, Traude: The Transgenerational Transfer of Wounds in Chris Krausâ€?s Vier Minuten""; ""Part 2: 1968 and German Terrorism""; ""6: From Student Movement to the Generation of 1968: Generational Conflicts in German Novels from the1970s and the 1990s""
  • ""7: Ghostly Sisters: Feminist Legacies inS econd-Generation Perspectives on West German Terrorism Judith Kuckartâ€?s Wahl der Waffen (1990) and Kaiserstraße (2006)""; ""8: The Generation Gap: The Reappropriation of the Red Army Faction in Contemporary German Film""; ""Part 3: East German Pasts""; ""9: Post-Communist Fantasies: Generational Conflict in Eastern German Literature""; ""10: From Father, from Son: Generational Perspectives in Christoph Heinâ€?s Mama ist gegangen (2003) and Jakob Heinâ€?s Vielleicht ist es sogar schÃœn (2004)""
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