Representing East Germany Since Unification
From Colonization to Nostalgia
By (author) Paul Cooke
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Representing East Germany Since Unification by Paul Cooke
Book DescriptionWhen 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, Cooke argues it is the realm of culture that, at times, has most clearly demonstrated 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 examines the contention that the East has been colonized by the West, looking at how such perceptions have pervaded both east and west German culture. Cooke also discusses the complex phenomenon of nostalgia for East Germany, as evident in the recent international hit film Good Bye, Lenin! Rich in detail and first-hand accounts, this book provocatively asks how far East Germany can be read today as a postcolonial culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845201890
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Cooke
Contemporary German Cinema, Paperback (June 2012)
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New Directions in German Cinema, Paperback (September 2011)
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World Cinema's 'Dialogues' with Hollywood, Hardback (July 2007)
Paul Cooke looks at Hollywood's interaction with national and transnational cinemas, from German Expressionism to Bollywood and Chinese film. While Hollywood has had a huge impact on the medium - doing all the talking in the 'dialogue' - world cinema's economic, aesthetic and political relationship with Hollywood is of profound importance.
German Writers and the Politics of Culture, Hardback (December 2003)» View all books by Paul Cooke
Since unification, Germany has been rocked by scandals showing the level to which the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, controlled East German writers. This study explores how the writers have responded to the challenge of dealing with the Stasi from the 1950s to the 21st century.
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Author Biography - Paul Cooke
Paul Cooke is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University Leeds.
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