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User's Guide to German Cultural Studies

ISBN-10: 0472066560

ISBN-13: 9780472066568

Edition: N/A

Authors: Scott D. Denham, Irene Kacandes, Jonathan Petropoulos

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The German-speaking world has spawned some of the most extreme contrasts between products of culture--the endlessly fascinating, if clicheacute;d, Beethoven-Hitler dichotomy--and thus provokes compelling questions about culture and identity. A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies is an invitation to explore the rapidly expanding scholarship in cultural studies within the German context. This collection brings together more than twenty-five essays from top-notch scholars and astute cultural critics who examine diverse questions in both broad outlines and specific instances. A literary scholar investigates multiculturalism in German literature; a political scientist asks which past Germans live with after reunification; a historian studies the revival of Bach's St. Matthew Passion in 1829; a journalist wonders how we learn to stop hating the Germans. More than just a sampler of current work, however, the volume aims at practical applications. Through introductory and linking comments by the editors, essays by expert practitioners, and a unique section devoted to resources for teaching, the book offers a variety of new approaches to studying and teaching German culture and illustrates by example the potential of cultural studies generally. Previous cultural studies readers have fallen short of the interdisciplinary ideal they imagined for themselves. Growing out of long-term collaboration between its editors and contributors, A User's Guide to German Cultural Studies is a model for this kind of work. The essays speak to each other because their authors have done just that. Together they take advantage of a particularly auspicious moment to reconsider crucial theoretical and pedagogical issues relating to things German. Scott Denham is Associate Professor of German, Davidson College. Irene Kacandes is Assistant Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College. Jonathan Petropoulos is Associate Professor of History, Loyola College in Maryland.
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Book details

List price: $42.50
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Preface
German Cultural Studies: What Is at Stake?
Interrogating Germanness: What's Literature Got to Do with It
Who's Afraid of Cultural Studies? Taking a "Cultural Turn" in German History
Multiculturalism and the Study of German Literature
Cultural Studies and Foreign Policy in a Strategic Alliance, or Why Presidents of the United States Should Learn German
Learning to Stop Hating Germans: The Challenge of Journalistic Objectivity
Born Later: On Being a German Germanist in America
Asking the Questions/Telling a Story
Bach Revival, Public Culture, and National Identity: The St. Matthew Passion in 1829
A Nation for the Masses: Production of German Identity in the Late-Nineteenth-Century Popular Press
Consumer Culture Is in Need of Attention: German Cultural Studies and the Commercialization of the Past
Colonial Legends, Postcolonial Legacies
"Seit die Juden weg sind...": Germany, History, and Representations of Absence
Schinkel and the Politics of German Memory: The Life of the Neue Wache in Berlin
Stones Set Upright in the Winds of Controversy: An Austrian Monument against War and Fascism
Economic Influences on Constructions of German Identity
Living with Which Past? National Identity in Post-Wall, Postwar Germany
Dis-Membering the Past: The Politics of Memory in the German Borderland
How American Is It? The United States as Queer Utopia in the Cinema of Monika Treut
The Future of Auschwitz: A Case for the Ruins
The First Draft: Writing History for the General Public
Who Owns the Past? The Surrender of the Berlin Document Center
Translation in Cultural Mediation and Pedagogy
Cultural Studies, the Eighteenth Century, and the Uses of the German Classics
Interdisciplinary Teaching with the Case Study Method
Teaching Students and Teachers of German Cultural Studies
The Pragmatics of Studying the "German" at the Turn of the Century
"How to ..." Classroom Handouts
How to Read a Poem
How to View a Building
How to View a Film
How to Listen to Western Music
How to View a Painting
How to Read a Play
How to View Performance
How to Read a Novel
How to Read History
How to Read Statistics
How to Use an Archive
German Cultural Studies Course Syllabi: Sources and Examples
German Studies and the General Culture Course: The Stanford Curriculum
Culture and Society in Weimar and Nazi Germany: Harvard University Core Program
The Rapprochement of History and Anthropology in Germany (University of Chicago)
Survivors, Victims, and Perpetrators: The Literature of the Holocaust (University of Texas at Austin)
German Cultural Studies and the Internet
Practicing German Cultural Studies
Directories, Resources, Journals
Funding and Agencies
Selected, Annotated Bibliographies on German Cultural Studies and on Cultural Studies in General
Notes on Contributors
Index