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Performing the Modern German

Performance and Identity in Contemporary German Cinema

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Matthias Uecker

Since the late 1990s, German cinema has gone through a period of astonishing productivity and success that has made it the focus of scholarly analysis once more. What can contemporary German cinema tell us about current German society and its problems? What are the distinguishing features of filmmaking in Germany today?
This book analyses the representation of individual and collective behaviour in post-unification German cinema. It looks at performances of gender, ethnicity and nationality in a wide range of contemporary German films. Using Performance Theory as a framework, the book discusses how modern German identities are presented as conformist, liberating or subversive responses to external challenges.
Theoretical considerations regarding the efficacy of performance and the dialectical relationship between transgression, resistance and normalization form the background for an analysis that investigates contemporary German films in terms of their function within the restructuring of post-unification German society.

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Abel, Marco 247–248, 261, 265 Adlon, Percy 213 Aimée und Jaguar 212 Akin, Fatih 169, 178–180, 189, 192–194, 198–199, 203, 205 Akkus, Sinan 169 Aladag, Feo 194–198, 201 Allan, Séan 107–108, 140 Allein unter Frauen 53 Alles auf Zucker! 105–113, 116, 119, 296, 298 Angst essen Seele auf 193 anti-Semitism 94, 96, 98, 100–102, 113–114 Ataman, Kutluğ 77, 80, 82, 86, 88, 91, 92 Austin, John L. 17–20, 24–25, 38, 216 authenticity 2, 4, 6, 8, 14, 15, 17, 21–24, 26, 36, 38, 39, 63, 64, 90, 96, 103, 112, 117, 123, 125, 129, 130, 134, 143, 148, 149, 151, 155, 157, 160, 161, 179, 182, 183, 188, 192, 210, 212, 213, 216, 238, 250, 254, 257, 294, 299 Beauvoir, Simone de 68 Beck, Ann 176 Becker, Ben 116 Becker, Wolfgang 120, 122, 133–134, 136–138, 141, 143, 157, 159–160 Benjamin, Walter 275–276, 300 Berghahn, Daniela 122, 191 Berlin School 248, 257, 300 Beziehungskomödien 52, 67, 68 Bierce, Ambrose 265 Böll, Heinrich 167 Brecht, Bertolt 31, 37, 149, 179 Breinersdorfer, Fred 222, 224 Bröckling, Ulrich 293–294 Brockmann, Stephen 42 Brussig, Thomas 123–124, 130, 132, 161 Buck, Detlev 53, 120, 168 Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 195, 198 Butler, Judith 19–26, 28, 35, 37–38, 44, 47, 53–54, 79, 83–84, 90, 97, 137, 139, 200, 205–206, 208, 238, 249, 294 Carlson, Marvin 34, 208 Cheesman,...

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