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Field Studies

German Language, Media and Culture


Holger Briel and Carol Fehringer

The fifteen essays in this volume reflect the diversity of German studies in Britain and Ireland today.
The German language itself is the focus of four studies, covering historical aspects of German and Yiddish, language pedagogy and controversial contemporary issues, such as the rise of Anglicisms in German and the language of second- and third-generation immigrants. Traditional literary philology is also well represented in six essays on prose writers and dramatists from the nineteenth century to the present day, but it is a traditional philology that has been much modified and enriched by the cultural and historical perspectives evident in the remaining five essays. These include psychoanalytical and contextual studies and embrace the historical development and elaboration of mass media technologies from radio to public-access cable TV.
Contents: Gertrud Reershemius: Einige Bemerkungen zur Bewahrung von Merkmalen des älteren Deutsch im Jiddischen – Falco Pfalzgraf: Auffassungen von Laien zum Gebrauch von Anglizismen im Deutschen – Markus Oliver Spitz: ‘Die Sprache ist der Gott im verstörten Fleisch’. Bausteine zu einer Hermeneutik der ‘Kanak Sprak’ türkischer Frauen und Männer der ‘dritten Generation’ in Deutschland – Sylwia Jaworska: Zur derzeitigen Situation der Auslandsgermanistik. Das Modell der britischen ‘German Studies’ und der polnischen Germanistik im Vergleich – Elystan Griffiths: Unity, Division and the Problem of Representation: German Unification in the Novels of Friedrich Spielhagen – Hadaya Chisholm-El Saad: Male Creativity and Female Death in Nineteenth-Century German Narrative Prose – Lucia Ruprecht: Heinrich Heine’s Florentinische Nächte: A Tale of Transgression – Carolin Duttlinger: Madness and Method: Freud, Paranoia and the Performativity of the Cure – Anna Saunders: ‘Wenn es so wäre wie im Geschichtsbuch...’: The Historical Consciousness of East Germany’s Youth before and after Unification – Alexander Badenoch: More ‘Helau’ than ‘Hummel-Hummel’? Cultural Landscapes in the Programme of the NWDR Cologne 1945-1949 – Holger Briel: Virtual Communities: Public Access TV as Mediation between Individuals and the (German) State – Jerome Carroll: Sensory Withdrawal and Sensory Excess as Testing the Limits of the Representable: a Discussion of Wolfgang Welsch’s Aesthetic Theory and Peter Handke and Heiner Müller’s Dramatic Practice – Jessica Amann: The Politics of the Fantastic: Dialectics and Subversion in Wolfgang Hilbig’s ‘Ich’ – Birgit Haas: Contemporary Political Theatre in Germany – J.P. Wieczorek: From Wallerfang to Auschwitz: Aspects of the Novels of Judith Kuckart.