After the Berlin Wall: Germany and Beyond

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After the Berlin Wall: Germany and Beyond explores historical, cultural, political, and literary dimensions of the fall of the Berlin Wall and its aftermath both in Germany and internationally. Topics include German and Chinese approaches to urban planning and historical preservation, Japanese responses to German unification, walls and borders in Germany and the West Bank, and contemporary German culture in a global world. Art historians, literary scholars, and sociologists offer perspectives on the continued ...

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After the Berlin Wall: Germany and Beyond explores historical, cultural, political, and literary dimensions of the fall of the Berlin Wall and its aftermath both in Germany and internationally. Topics include German and Chinese approaches to urban planning and historical preservation, Japanese responses to German unification, walls and borders in Germany and the West Bank, and contemporary German culture in a global world. Art historians, literary scholars, and sociologists offer perspectives on the continued importance of East German culture and the legacies of socialism. Drawing from interdisciplinary methods, the collection is of value to anthropologists, historians, political theorists, and cultural critics.

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"This cosmopolitan and interdisciplinary volume explores the resonance of 1989 in films, novels, architecture, and city planning, as well as in domestic and international politics. Braziel and Gerstenberger have collected an impressive set of original, stimulating, and sometimes provocative essays that trace the enduring significance of the fall of the wall, both in Germany and beyond. This is an important contribution to the growing literature on the end of the Cold War." - James J. Sheehan, Stanford University

"The strength of this book is how it looks beyond the borders of Germany to examine the aftermath of 1989 in a transnational context, reading the Berlin Wall itself as 'truly a global phenomenon well beyond its fall.' Scholars of contemporary German will find compelling reading in chapters that make global connections to Japan, Israel, the Soviet Union, and China . . . Recommended." - CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230111929
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHARINA GERSTENBERGER is a professor of German and head of the Department of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Truth to Tell: German Women's Autobiographies and Turban-of-the-Century Culture (2000) and Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature (2008). She has published widely on post-war and contemporary German-language authors. Her work has appeared in Monatshefte, Women in German Yearbook, German Quarterly, Gegenwartsliteratur, and several anthologies, including German Literature in the Age of Globalization (2004), Spatial Turbans: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture (2010), and Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture (2010). Together with Patricia Herminghouse, she coedited German Literature in a New Century: Trends, Traditions, Transformations, Transitions (2008). She also served as coeditor of the Women in German Yearbook.

JANA EVANS BRAZIEL is a professor of English and Comparative Literature and an affiliate faculty member in Africana Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Braziel's scholarly and pedagogical interests are in American hemispheric literatures and cultures, Caribbean studies, Haitian studies, and the intersections of diaspora, transnational activism, and globalization. Braziel is the author of four monographs: Duvalier's Ghosts: Race, Diaspora, and U.S. Imperialism in Haitian Literatures (2010); Caribbean Genesis: Jamaica Kincaid and the Writing of New Worlds (2009); Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora (2008); and Diaspora: An Introduction (2008). Braziel's works in progress include the books Entangled Gardens: Genesis, Environmentalism, and Political Economy in Caribbean Literatures and 'Riding with Death': Precarious Life and Creative Production in the Streets of Port-au-Prince, a book addressing human rights, political economy, and environmentalism in Haitian literatures, arts, and films.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: After the Berlin Wall: Realigned Worlds, Invisible Lines, and Incalculable Remnants—Jana Braziel and Katharina Gerstenberger
• Sex and the City: Thoughts on Literature, Gender, and Normalization in the New Germany—Sander L. Gilman
• Exploring Master Keaton’s Germany: A Japanese Perspective on the End of the Cold War—Shannon Granville
• From the Berlin Wall to the West Bank Barrier: How Material Objects and Psychological Theories Can Be Used to Construct Individual and Cultural Traits—Christine Leuenberger
• The Diminishing Relevance of Ostalgie Twenty Years After Reunification—Paul Kubicek
• Ending Cold War Divisions and Establishing New Partnerships: German Unification and the Transformation of German-Polish Relations—Jonathan Murphy
• The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Counterrevolution in Soviet Foreign Policy and the End of Communism—Robert Snyder and Tim White
• “Seventh of November” from Berliner Ensemble—Douglas Cowie
• Specters of Work: Literature and Labor in Post-Socialist Germany—Hunter Bivens
• The End of an Event—Benjamin Robinson
• Building Consensus: Painting and the Enlightenment Tradition in Post-Wall Germany—Anna Dempsey
• Berlin’s History in Context: The Foreign Ministry and the Spreebogen-Complex in the Context of the Architectural Debates—Carol Anne Costabile-Heming
• Berlin Mitte and the Anxious Disavowal of Beijing Modernism: Architectural Polemics within Globalization—Daniel Purdy

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