Representing East Germany Since Unification: From Colonization to Nostalgia by Paul CookeRepresenting East Germany Since Unification: From Colonization to Nostalgia by Paul Cooke

Representing East Germany Since Unification: From Colonization to Nostalgia

byPaul Cooke

Paperback | August 1, 2005

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When the Berlin Wall came down and the two Germanies were reunited, culture was held up to be one of the keys to national unity. Ironically, however, Cooke argues it is the realm of culture that, at times, has most clearly demonstrated the continued divisions between East and West. Taking culture as broadly defined, this book examines state memorialization, literature, television, film, and the internet, to map out the problematic path of German national identity as it struggles to deal with the legacy of division. Drawing on postcolonial theory, the author examines the contention that the East has been colonized by the West, looking at how such perceptions have pervaded both east and west German culture. Cooke also discusses the complex phenomenon of nostalgia for East Germany, as evident in the recent international hit film Good Bye, Lenin! Rich in detail and first-hand accounts, this book provocatively asks how far East Germany can be read today as a postcolonial culture.
Paul Cooke is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University Leeds.
Title:Representing East Germany Since Unification: From Colonization to NostalgiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.52 inPublished:August 1, 2005Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1845201892

ISBN - 13:9781845201890

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Table of Contents

Postcolonial Studies, Colonization and East Germany * The Federal Republic's 'Orient'? Dealing Officially with the GDR * 'Writing Back': Dealing with the Stasi in Literature * Productive Hybridity: Nostalgia and the GDR on Film * Re-exoticising the Normal: the Ostalgie Industry and German Television * A Postcolonial Culture? Surfing for the GDR in Cyberspace

Editorial Reviews

Paul Cooke's stimulating study of post-unification German culture illuminates the interrelationship between literature, film, television and the internet as communicative forms. It shows how the changing representation of East Germany, viewed both as an historical reality and a 'discursive space', has become a key indicator of Germany's progress towards the elusive goal of inner unity.