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Description - Representing East Germany Since Unification by Paul Cooke

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, 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 Details

ISBN: 9781845201890
ISBN-10: 1845201892
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Cooke

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

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