Representing East Germany since Unification: From Colonization to Nostalgia

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When the Berlin Wall came down and the two Germanies were reunited, culture was held up to be one of the keys to national unity. Ironically, however, it is the realm of culture that most clearly demonstrates the continued divisions between east and west. Taking culture as broadly defined, this book examines state memorialization, literature, television, film, and the internet, to map out the problematic path of German national identity as it struggles to deal with the legacy of division. Drawing on postcolonial ...

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Overview

When the Berlin Wall came down and the two Germanies were reunited, culture was held up to be one of the keys to national unity. Ironically, however, it is the realm of culture that most clearly demonstrates the continued divisions between east and west. Taking culture as broadly defined, this book examines state memorialization, literature, television, film, and the internet, to map out the problematic path of German national identity as it struggles to deal with the legacy of division. Drawing on postcolonial theory, the author argues that the east has been defined as the west's "exotic other" and shows how this stereotype has been vigorously challenged. Cooke also discusses the growing phenomenon of nostalgia for East Germany, as evident in the recent international hit film Good Bye, Lenin!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845201890
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/7/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Cooke is Lecturer in German Studies at the University Leeds.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Theorising Colonization and East German Culture
• The Federal Republic's 'Orient'? The State-led Reckoning with the GDR
• 'Writing Back': Dealing with the Stasi in Literature
• Productive Hybridity: Nostalgia and the GDR in Film
• Re-Exoticising the Normal: the Ostalgie Industry and German Television
• A Postcolonial Culture? Images of the East in Cyberspace

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