Tradition and Innovation in German Studies
Edited By Marc Silberman
In the course of the 1970s, interdisciplinary German studies emerged in North America, breaking with what many in the field saw as a suffocating and politically tainted tradition of canon-based philology by broadening both the corpus of texts and the framing concept of culture. In the meantime the innovative impulses that characterized this response to the legacy of Germanistik have themselves become traditions. The essays in this volume critically examine a selection of those past attempts at renewal to gauge where we are now and how we move into the future: exile and forced migration, race and identity, humanism and utopian thought, solidarity and global inequality. A younger generation of scholars demonstrates how reviving and refining the questions of yore leads to new insights into literary and theatrical texts, fundamental philosophical and political ideas, and the structure of memory in ethnographic performance and photography. Looking back into the future is a self-reflexive gesture that asks how tradition inspires innovation, and it displays compelling evidence for the importance of historically informed cultural research in the field of German studies.
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- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2018. X, 278 pp., 4 coloured ill., 9 b/w ill.
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- Introduction: Back to the Future (Marc Silberman)
- 1 Goethe’s Future: Nature, Technology, and Interpretation (John K. Noyes)
- Goethe’s Future: The Future of the Past
- Two Futures
- Religion, Progress, and Commerce
- Interpretation, Instrumental Reason, and the Failure of Utopia
- Interpreting Nature and Imagining the Future
- 2 Ernst Bloch’s Geist der Utopie after a Century: A Janus-Faced Reading on the Trail of Hope (Johan Siebers)
- 3 Pass pro toto: European-Jewish Responses to State Narratives of Personhood (Mona Körte)
- Brief Remarks on a Physiognomy of the Passport: Descriptio, Narratio, and Icon
- Joseph Roth’s Paperless Lives
- Erich Maria Remarque’s Die Nacht von Lissabon: The Occupational Profile “Passport Doctor”
- Jean Malaquais’s Planète sans visa: Material Processes of Authentication
- Looking Ahead: Vladimir Vertlib and Katja Petrowskaja
- 4 Strategies of Exile Photography: Helmar Lerski and Hans Casparius in Palestine (Ofer Ashkenazi)
- Exile and Photography
- Hans Casparius’s Bifocal Vision: The Demise of Weimar in Tel Aviv
- Helmar Lerski’s Tel Aviv: Zionism without Heimat
- 5 What Is Solidarity? Reading Hannah Arendt between Innovation and Tradition (David D. Kim)
- Innovating Tradition
- From Schiller to Arendt
- Crises in Solidarity
- The Politics of Solidarity
- 6 Affective Labors of Socialist Construction in Early East German Literature (Hunter Bivens)
- The East German 1950s and Superstructural Debt?
- Socialism and Social Reproduction Theory
- Affective Materials for Building Socialism
- Socialist Obstinacy
- 7 Brecht and Turkish Political Theater: Sermet Çağan’s Savaş Oyunu (1964) (Ela Gezen)
- 8 Exhibiting Blackness: Blacks and German Culture Revisited (Katrin Sieg)
- Whiteness Studies at the Wisconsin Workshop
- Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B
- “Squat Monument” at Museum Schöneberg-Tempelhof
- 9 Last Liberals Standing? German Politics and Transcultural Readings of Populism (Crister S. Garrett)
- The Case of German Life and Civilization: A Model of Yesteryear?
- Populism and Popular Politics, or, Just How Liberal is Germany?
- Germany Struggles with Itself: Populism, Liberalism, and the Rise of the AfD and FDP
- 10 Back to the Future of German Studies: Which Future? Which Past? (Frank Trommler)
- Notes on Contributors
- Series index
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