Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture
Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture:
Submissions are invited for a volume of essays that will address generational shifts in the cultural expressions of individual and national identity formation in Germany and in views on the German past. With the passage of time, major historical events such as World War II and the Holocaust, or events of socio-historical import, such as migration and immigration experiences or the student movement, have evolved from solely first-generational lived experiences to historical moments now also seen through the eyes of the children and grandchildren of the first generations. These generational shifts and the ensuing multi-generational approaches to such events are marked by a tension between continuity and discontinuity, which is reflected in the German narratives that deal with them.
This volume is intended to survey a variety of texts that illuminate the generational shifts occurring in Germany today. Proposals from a variety of academic approaches to literature and film are encouraged, as are theoretical explorations of the concept of generational shifts in relation to German culture. Essays on other means of cultural expression, such as monuments, memorials, and museums are also welcome. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, post-unification views of World War II/Third Reich, the Holocaust, German/Jewish identity, 1968, Turkish/German identity, Migrantenliteratur, and contemporary generational perspectives on the GDR and the Federal Republic. While the year 1990 marks the beginning time frame for all areas of inquiry, an examination of texts in the twenty-first century is strongly encouraged. Possible questions include:
Can one identify collective assumptions and views of the past, or a collective national identity, based on a generational model?
To what extent are generational approaches part of a national and collective discourse in Germany?
How do writers from various generations view key moments in the past today?
Do post-unification approaches differ from earlier ones within generations?
What are the roles of film and literature in understanding and dealing with the past?
What narrative strategies are employed to portray these events?
Please submit a 500-word abstract as an attachment together with a brief C. V. to both Laurel Cohen-Pfister (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Susanne Vees-Gulani (email@example.com). Completed articles (max. 8000 words) are also welcome. The volume is in English.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is October 7, 2007.
Those contributors whose abstracts are accepted will be requested to submit their completed article by January 30, 2008. The anticipated publication date of the volume is Spring 2009.
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