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Writing the New Berlin The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature

Gerstenberger, Katharina

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ISBN 10: 157113381X / ISBN 13: 9781571133816
Published by Camden House, 2008
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Some indentations to front cover, otherwise text clean and solid; no dust jacket; Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture; 0.9 x 9.2 x 6.1 Inches; 209 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 167127

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Title: Writing the New Berlin The German Capital in...

Publisher: Camden House

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket As Issued

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The wall was still coming down when critics began to call for the great Berlin novel that could explain what was happening to Germany and the Germans. Such a novel never appeared. Instead, writers have created a patchwork imaginary -- in the form of about 300 works of fiction set in Berlin -- of a city and a nation whose identity collapsed virtually overnight. Contributors to this literary collage include established writers like Peter Schneider and Christa Wolf, young authors like Tanja Dückers and Ingo Schramm, German-Turkish authors Zafer Senocak and Yadé Kara, and the Austrians Kathrin Röggla and Marlene Streeruwitz. The non-arrival of the great Berlin novel marks the reorientation in German culture and literature that is the focus of this study: the experience of unification was too diverse, too postmodern, too influenced by global developments to be captured by one novel. Berlin literature of the postunification decade is marked by ambiguity: change is linked to questions of historical continuity; postmodern simulation finds its counterpart in a quest for authenticity; and the assimilation of Germanness into European and global contexts is both liberation and loss. This book pursues a nuanced understanding of the search for new ways to tell the story of Germany's past and of its importance for the formation of a new German identity.

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Katharina Gerstenberger is Associate Professor of German at the University of Cincinnati.

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