Heimat - A German Dream: Regional Loyalties and National Identity in German Culture 1890-1990

Paperback | September 15, 2000

byElizabeth Boa, Rachel Palfreyman

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The discourse of Heimat, meaning homeland or roots, has been a medium of debate on German identity between region and nation for at least a century. Four phases parallel Germany's discontinuous history: Heimat literature as a response to modernization and to regional tensions before the FirstWorld War; the inter-war period when Heimat divided into racist ideology, left-wing opposition, and inner resistance to the Third Reich; a post-war dialectic between escapist 1950s Heimat films and right-wing claims to the lost lands in the East to which anti-Heimat theatre and films in the 1960sand 1970s were a response, with the urban Heimat in GDR films adding a socialist twist; regionalism and green politics in the 1980s and German identity beyond Cold War divisions. A key point of reference in current debates on German history, Heimat looks likely to continue in postmodern andmulticultural mode.

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The discourse of Heimat, meaning homeland or roots, has been a medium of debate on German identity between region and nation for at least a century. Four phases parallel Germany's discontinuous history: Heimat literature as a response to modernization and to regional tensions before the FirstWorld War; the inter-war period when Heimat ...

Elizabeth Boa is Professor of German, University of Nottingham and author of Kafka: Gender, Class, Race in the Letters and Fictions (OUP, 1996) Rachel Palfreyman is Professor of German, University of Nottingham

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: Mapping the Terrain2. Heimat at the Turn of the Century: The Heimat Art Movement and Clara Viebigs Eifel Fictions3. A Land Fit for Heroes? Ernst Wiechert's Das einfache Leben and Marieluise Fleisser's Pioniere in Ingolstadt4. (Un)happy Families: Heimat and Anti-Heimat in West German Film and Theatre5. At Home in the GDR? Heimat in East German Film6. Heimat Past and Present - A Land Fit for Youth: Lenz's Deutschstunde, Emil Nolde and Heimatkunst, Michael Verhoeven's Das schreckliche Madchen7. Homeward-bound: Edgar Reitz's Heimat for the 1980s8. Heimat Regained, Dissolved, or Multiplied?ChronologyBibliography