Social-injustice dilemmas such as poverty, unemployment, and racism are subjects of continuing debate in European societies and in Germany in particular, as solutions are difficult and progress often comes slowly. Such discussions are not limited to opposing newspaper editorials, position papers, or legislative forums, however; creative works expound on these topics as well, but their contributions to the debate are often marginalized.
This collection of new essays explores how contemporary German-language literary, dramatic, filmic, musical, and street artists are grappling with social-justice issues that affect Germany and the wider world, surveying more than a decade's worth of works of German literature and art in light of the recent paradigm shift in cultural criticism called the "ethical turn." Central themes include the legacy of the politically engaged 1968 generation, eastern Germany and the process of unification, widening economic disparity as a result of political policies and recession, and problems of integration and inclusivity for ethnic and religious minorities as migration to Germany has increased.
Contributors: Monika Albrecht, Olaf Berwald, Robert Blankenship, Laurel Cohen-Pfister, Jack Davis, Bastian Heinsohn, Axel Hildebrandt, Deborah Janson, Karolin Machtans, Ralf Remshardt, Alexandra Simon-López, Patricia Anne Simpson, Maria Stehle, Jill E. Twark.
Jill E. Twark is Associate Professor of German at East Carolina University. Axel Hildebrandt is Associate Professor of German at Moravian College.
|Publisher:||Boydell & Brewer, Limited|
|Series:||Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series , #162|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
Table of ContentsIntroductionOn Potatoes, Forgeries, Mistaken Identities, and Cultural Revolution in Uwe Timm's Postwall Novel Johannisnacht"Maybe the Genuine Utopia": Uwe Timm's Vision of a "Postsocialist" Society in the Novel RotSocial Injustice in the German Tatort Television SeriesDie Toten Hosen, Rammstein, Azad, and Massiv: German Rock and Rap Go Global for Social JusticeCritical Voices from the Underground: Street Art and Urban Transformation in BerlinPolitics and Prekariat in Christoph Hein's Novels Frau Paula Trousseau and Weiskerns Nachlass"Erzählt ist erzählt": The Ethics of Narration in Christa Wolf's Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. FreudSocial Consciousness in the Bionade-Biedermeier: An Interview with Filmmakers Marc Bauder and Dörte FrankeThrough Performance to Social Justice: Schlingensief's Narcissistic SocialityThe Postdramatic Paradox: Theater as an Interventionist Medium in Falk Richter's Das SystemSettling in Mobility: Socioeconomic Justice and European Borderlands in Hans-Christian Schmid's Films Lichter and Die wundersame Welt der WaschkraftThe Ethics of Listening in Dana Ranga's Wasserbuch and Terézia Mora's Das UngeheuerNavid Kermani: Advocate for an Antipatriotic Patriotism and a Multireligious, Multicultural Europe