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Millennial Essays on Film and Other German Studies

Selected papers from the Conference of University Teachers of German, University of Southampton, April 2000


Daniela Berghahn and Alan Bance

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.
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.