The papers contained in this collection represent a cross-section of research and teaching interests at the turn of the millennium. The first section of the book concentrates on cinema studies, from the earliest reception of film to a focus on the cinema of the GDR. These papers show the importance of cinema studies in many German departments today. The inclusiveness of German cultural studies owes a great deal to Weimar theorists such as Walter Benjamin, who is also represented here in a study of his relationship to Jewish scholarship. A serious – though not over-earnest – analysis of German popular music since 1945 earns a place among these essays alongside a paper on the ‘higher’ cultural form of the novel, whose 1990s manifestations are reviewed here. Other contributions engage with equally important and topical Germanistic concerns: new and imaginative approaches to language teaching and learning.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2002. 197 pp.
Contents: Jon Hughes: ‘Ein neuer Weg des Films’: Joseph Roth’s Reviews of Documentary Films – Daniela Berghahn: Liars and
Traitors: Unheroic Resistance in Antifascist DEFA Films – Claudia Fellmer: The Communist who Rarely Played a Communist: The
Case of DEFA Star Erwin Geschonneck – Julie Gregson: East or West - A Straight Choice? Representations of Masculinity and
Constructions of National Identity in Wolfgang Kohlhaase and Gerhard Klein’s Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser – Gabriele Müller:
‘Links is wat, rechts is wat, und wir sind mittendrin’ - The Representation of Teenage Identity in Helmut Dziuba’s Film Jana
und Jan – Osman Durrani: Virtual Paradises? A Brief History of the Postwar Schlager – Anna Richards: ‘Halb Tier,
Halb Engel’: Women, Animals and Vegetarianism in the Fiction of Helene Böhlau (1856-1940) and Hedwig Dohm (1831-1919) – Bram
Mertens: The Anxiety of Influence: Benjamin, Scholem and Molitor – Peter Graves: Novel Developments in Germany: Reflections
on the 1990s – Heidi Zojer: Warum wird an der Konzeptlosigkeit des Übersetzungsunterrichts festgehalten? Hinweise zu einer
Überarbeitung und Neugestaltung – Peter Hohenhaus: Taking the Risk: Using Humour in Language Teaching.