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New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture


Edited By Katya Krylova

This volume brings together contributions arising from papers originally presented at the Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture International Conference held at the University of Nottingham in April 2015. It examines trends in contemporary Austrian literature, film and culture, predominantly over the past thirty years. This period has been one of great transformation in Austrian society, with the Waldheim affair of 1986–1988 marking the beginning of a belated process of confronting the country’s National Socialist past. The sixteen chapters of the volume analyse literary texts, films, memorial projects and Austria’s musical heritage, considering works by cultural practitioners operating both within and outside of Austria. The collection offers a multi-perspectival view on how contemporary Austria sees itself and how it is, in turn, seen by others from various vantage points.

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7 „Ganz Tirol ist eine Grenze“ und Felix Mitterer. Verkaufte Heimat (Ursula A. Schneider / Annette Steinsiek)


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7 „Ganz Tirol ist eine Grenze“ und Felix Mitterer. Verkaufte Heimat


This chapter focuses on the Austrian dramatist Felix Mitterer (1948–) and his preoccupation with the history of South Tyrol after 1918. In his film scripts Verkaufte Heimat he tells the story of two dictatorships (Italian Fascism and German National Socialism), and of the struggle of the German-speaking majority in South Tyrol after the incorporation of South Tyrol into the Italian state. Mitterer’s task was a delicate one: the films were produced for the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Hitler-Mussolini pact of 1939 (‘Option’) in 1989. The producers were the public broadcasting corporations of Italy, Austria and Bavaria. Mitterer rose to the challenge by inventing a story about several German- and Italian-speaking families, and by portraying individual struggles in a broader political context. Nowadays, the TV films are teaching materials in both German- and Italian-language schools in South Tyrol. The chapter analyses the film scripts particularly with regard to the concept of borders, whether political or psychological.

Begriff „Grenze“

Der Begriff der Grenze1 gilt im allgemeinen für die Linie, die Staaten voneinander trennt. Sie definiert ein geographisches als politisches Gebiet mit eigenen gesetzlichen Regelungen und ungeschriebenen Gesetzen oder Übereinkünften. ← 177 | 178 →

„Ganz Tirol ist eine Grenze, teilt und verbindet; der Brenner trennt zwei Staaten und liegt in der Mitte eines Gebietes, das als Einheit...

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