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Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East since German Reunification

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Volume 13

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Bloom and Bust

Urban Landscapes in the East since German Reunification

Edited by Gwyneth Cliver and Carrie Smith-Prei

276 pages,

ISBN  978-1-78238-490-8 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2014)

eISBN 978-1-78238-491-5 eBook

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“The volume provides its audience with enormously helpful insights in the question of how the transformation processes after the Wende affect different layers of the city and how these transformations can be interpreted from a variety of academic fields.” · Urban Studies Journal

“The essays in this collection resolutely de-center Berlin as a privileged subject of cultural studies, reconstructing the social histories, architectural rebuilding efforts, and other issues marking the transition from the former GDR to postunification in Dresden, Erfurt, Hoyerswerda, Frankfurt (Oder), and elsewhere… Fascinating and insightful.” · Rolf J. Goebel, from the Afterword

“I think the premise of the collection is a promising one, to shift focus from the Berlin-centric approaches to the relationship between the past and urban space, towards the areas of Eastern Germany that are frequently overlooked… the book forms a useful complement to other studies of the cityscape in the post-unification period.” · Simon Ward, University of Aberdeen


More than two decades of deconstruction, renovation, and reconstruction have left the urban environments in the former German Democratic Republic completely transformed. This volume considers the changing urban landscapes in the former East — and how the filling of previous absences and the absence of previous presence — creates the cultural landscape of modern unified Germany. This broadens our understanding of this transformation by examining often-neglected cities, spaces, or structures, and historical narration and preservation.

Gwyneth Cliver is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She completed her PhD in 2008 from Washington University in St Louis and has also taught at Guilford College in North Carolina and Ball State University. Her research includes the integration of mathematics and mathematical philosophy in the writings of Robert Musil and Hermann Broch.

Carrie Smith-Prei is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Alberta and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realism in the German Sixties (U of Toronto P, 2013), co-editor of a special issue on lesbian representations (Germanistik in Ireland, 2010), and is co-founder of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies.

Subject: Urban StudiesCultural Studies (General)
Area: Germany


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