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Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin

Edited by Karin Bauer and Jennifer Hosek

304 pages, 17 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-720-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2017)

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Reviews

“This timely and stimulating book provides fresh insights into many issues of today’s Berlin. Its contributions have been carefully selected and aligned with one another, and their combination makes for an entirely unique approach to the topic.” · Peter McIsaac, University of Michigan

Description

Since Unification and the end of the Cold War, Berlin has witnessed a series of uncommonly intense social, political, and cultural transformations. While positioning itself as a creative center populated by young and cosmopolitan global citizens, the “New Berlin” is at the same time a rich site of historical memory, defined inescapably by its past even as it articulates German and European hopes for the future. Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin presents a fascinating cross-section of life in Germany’s largest city, revealing the complex ways in which globalization, ethnicity, economics, memory, and national identity inflect how its urban spaces are inhabited and depicted.

Karin Bauer is Professor of German Studies at McGill University and former editor of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Her publications include Adorno’s Nietzschean Narratives: Critiques of Ideology, Readings of Wagner and Everybody Talks about the Weather: We Don’t, along with numerous articles on critical theory and contemporary German literature and culture.

Jennifer Ruth Hosek is Associate Professor of German at Queen's University, affiliated with the departments of Film, Gender, and Cultural Studies. Her scholarly projects include the monograph Sun, Sex, and Socialism: Cuba in the German Imaginary, the documentary Rodando en La Habana: Bicycle Stories, articles on a range of topics, and the telecollaborative learning platform www.linguaelive.ca.

Subject: Urban Studies General Cultural Studies Postwar History
Area: Germany



Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction
Karin Bauer and Jennifer Ruth Hosek

PART I: CONTESTING GENTRIFICATION: SUBCULTURE TO MAINSTREAM

Chapter 1. Cultural History of Post-Wall Berlin: From Utopian Longing to Nostalgia for Babylon
Katrina Sark

Chapter 2. Taking a Walk on the Wild Side: Berlin and Christiane F.’s Second Life
Susan Ingram

Chapter 3. Representations and Interpretations of “The New Berlin” in Contemporary German Comics
Lynn Marie Kutch

PART II: SPACES, MONUMENTS, AND THE APPROPRIATION OF HISTORY

Chapter 4. Reconfiguring the Spaces of the “Creative Class” in Contemporary Berlin
Simon Ward

Chapter 5. Negotiating Cold War Legacies: The Discursive Ambiguity of Berlin’s Memory Sites  
Stefanie Eisenhuth and Scott H. Krause

Chapter 6. Branding the New Germany—The Brandenburg Gate and a New Kind of German Historical Amnesia
Sarah Pogoda and Rüdiger Traxler

Chapter 7. Disappearing History: Challenges of Imagining Berlin after 1989
Ayse N. Erek and Eszter Gantner

PART III: RE-IMAGINING INTEGRATION

Chapter 8. Governing through “Ethnic Entrepreneurship”
Baris Ülker

Chapter 9. Resisting Integration: Neukölln Artist Responses to Integration Politics
Johanna Schuster-Craig

Chapter 10. The Revival of Diasporic Hebrew in Contemporary Berlin
Hila Amit

Chapter 11. Berlin’s International Literature Festival: Globalizing the Bildungsbürger
Marike Janzen

PART IV: BERLIN MEMORYSCAPES OF THE PRESENT

Chapter 12. Transnational Cityscapes: Tracking Turkish-German Hi/Stories in Postwar Berlin
Christiane Steckenbiller

Chapter 13. Israeli Jews in the New Berlin: From Shoah Memories to Middle Eastern Encounters
Hadas Cohen and Dani Kranz

Chapter 14. Through the Eyes of Angels and Vampires: Berlin Ruins in Wings of Desire and We Are the Night
Peter Gölz

Chapter 15. The Uncanny City: Berlin in International Film
Andre Schuetze

Bibliography
Index

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