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Images of Germany

Perceptions and Conceptions


Images of Germany range from stereotypes, both positive and negative, to sophisticated statements. The articles in this volume reflect upon the diversity of images of Germany held within Germany, by Germans as well as by immigrants, and abroad, in countries such as France, the Czech Republic, the United States, and Canada. The authors are drawn from various professions and include diplomats and writers, Germanists, historians, political scientists, and sociologists. While some deal with the creation or dissemination of images of Germany, others examine images as reflected in public perceptions, speeches, postage stamps, textbooks, literature, film and TV programmes, and architectural monuments. This collection of essays on perceptions and conceptions of Germany focuses on the period from 1945 to the present.
The Editors: Peter M. Daly, Hans Walter Frischkopf, Trudis E. Goldsmith-Reber, and Horst Richter, are members of McGill’s Department of German Studies. They have considerable experience in teaching and research on questions relating to German language, literature, culture, and history. The authors of the essays are all specialists in their chosen areas; they represent different disciplines and are drawn from different countries in Europe and North America.