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Virtual walls? : political unification and cultural difference in contemporary Germany

Author: Franziska Lys; Michael Dreyer
Publisher: Rochester, New York : Camden House, 2017. ©2017
Series: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On October 3, 1990, just a year after the Berlin Wall fell, the German Democratic Republic was absorbed into the Federal Republic of Germany, officially ceasing to exist. What was the GDR and how do we remember it? According to the dominant Western narrative, it was a country that brought neither unity nor justice nor freedom to its citizens. But if so, why does a virtual wall still seem to exist in Germany today  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Franziska Lys; Michael Dreyer
ISBN: 9781571139801 157113980X
OCLC Number: 988300284
Description: viii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : United Politics--Divided Culture? / Franziska Lys and Michael Dreyer --
Part I. What Remains : History and the Constitution. 1. Lost in Transition : Reflections on the Spectral History of the GDR / Charles S. Mater --
2. Reconstituting the Federal Republic? Constitutional Law and Politics before and since 1989 / Andreas Niederberger --
Part II. What and How Do We Remember? Literature, Film, and Exhibitions. 3. East German Literature and Reunification : Continuities and Discontinuities / Stephen Brockmann --
4. The Afterlife of the GDR in Post-Wall German Cinema / Mary-Elizabeth O'Brien --
5. Exhibiting 1989/2009 : Memory, Affect, and the Politics of History / Kerstin Barndt --
Part III. A Changing Reception : Painting, Orchestras, and Theaters. 6. Reexamining the Staatskünstler Myth : Bernhard Heisig and the Post-Wall Reception of East German Painting / April A. Eisman --
7. East German Orchestras and Theaters : The Transformation since the Wende / Daniel Ortuno-Stühring --
Part IV. A Virtual Wall? Education and Society. 8. What Do German High School Students Think about the GDR? Memory Culture between Glorification and Evaluation / Andreas Eis --
9. The Ongoing Significance of East Germany and the Wende Narrative in Public Discourse / Michael Dreyer --
Epilogue : The Wende and the End of "the German Problem" / Peter Hayes.
Series Title: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture.
Responsibility: edited by Franziska Lys and Michael Dreyer.

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A reassessment of the journey Germans in East and West have taken during the past two and a half decades: even today, an open-ended, unfinished journey.  Read more...

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