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Religion and Identity in Germany Today

Doubters, Believers, Seekers in Literature and Film

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Edited By Julian Ernest Preece, Frank Finlay and Sinéad Crowe

In German-speaking Europe, as in other parts of the western world, questions of religious identity have been discussed with sudden urgency since the attacks of ‘9/11’. Nowhere was this clearer than in the heated controversy over the building of a mosque in the city of Cologne, which is the subject of Michael Hofmann’s contribution to this volume. Turkish Germans have also found themselves defined by the religious background of their parents. For different reasons German Jews have faced pressure to reconnect with a religion that their forbears cast off sometimes more than a century ago. At the same time religious belief among the nominally Christian majority has been in retreat. These changes have generated poetry, drama, and fiction as well as a number of films by both well-known and emerging authors and filmmakers. Their works sometimes reflect but more often challenge debates taking place in politics and the media. The essays in this volume explore a range of genres which engage with religion in contemporary Germany and Austria. They show that literature and film express nuances of feeling and attitude that are eclipsed in other, more immediately influential discourses. Discussion of these works is thus essential for an understanding of the role of religion in forming identity in contemporary multicultural German-speaking societies. This volume contains eight chapters in English and six in German.

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Index Adelson, Leslie 165, 169 Adenauer, Konrad 65 Adorno, Theodor 113, 142 Alboga, Bekir 229, 231 Allan, Séan 38 Allen, Woody 2, 61 Améry, Jean 51 Andersch, Alfred 65 Anti-Semitism 3, 8, 25, 28, 29, 32, 42, 43, 50–1, 65–81, 202 Antonioni, Michelangelo 151 Appadurai, Arjun 164, 176, 181 Appelfeld, Aharon 10 Artaud, Antonin 141, 145 Asad, Talal 176 Aslan, Reza 238 Assheuer, Thomas 8 Assimilation 2, 15, 25, 61, 78 Auschwitz 9, 10, 16, 17, 27, 66, 68, 70, 77 Aviv, Carzin 61 Backhaus, Knut 150 Battuta, Ibn 217 Beck, Ulrich 83, 86, 87, 96, 234 Beckermann, Ruth 49, 50, 51, 57 Bekes, Peter 193 Beller, Stephen 68–9 Benjamin, Walter 128 Bernard, Sarah 103 Bernhard, Thomas 50, 104 Bernstein, Leonard 75 Bhabha, Homi 237–8 Bhutto, Benazir 165–6 Bible 1, 60, 100, 102–3, 106, 112, 126, 141, 147–8, 151, 184, 191 New Testament 4, 141, 147–61 Old Testament 109 Bloch, Ernst 113 Bobrowski, Johannes 125 Boyeri, Mohammed 176–7 Brecht, Bertolt 100, 118, 214 Briegleb, Klaus 66 Brockes, Barthold Heinrich 124–7 Broder, Henryk M. 20, 23, 69, 70 Brodie, Fawn 211, 213 Bruckner, Pascal 179 Brueghel, Pieter 134–5 Buddha 229 Burton, Richard Francis 5, 211–25 Buruma, Ian 5, 164, 171, 176–9, 181, 235 Butler, Judith 176 Canetti, Elias 5, 187, 190, 218 Catholic 5, 22, 137, 144, 183, 192, 208, 225 Cathoma, Bruno 103 Celan, Paul 65 Çelik, Neco 201–2 Chatwin, Bruce 211 Cheesman, Tom...

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