By Anne Fuchs, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Linda Shortt
The occasions of 1989 and German unification have been seismic ancient moments. even though 1989 seemed to symbolize a therapeutic of the war-torn heritage of the 20 th century, unification posed the query of German cultural identification afresh. Politicians, historians, writers, filmmakers, architects, and the broader public engaged in 'memory contests' over such questions because the legitimacy of other biographies, West German hegemony, and the normalization of German background. This dynamic and contested - and nonetheless ongoing - transformation of German cultural id is the subject of this quantity of recent essays via students from the uk, Germany, the us, and Ireland.It explores German cultural id in terms of various disciplines together with historical past, movie stories, architectural heritage, literary feedback, reminiscence experiences, and anthropology, fending off a homogenized interpretation. Charting the advanced and sometimes contradictory tactics of cultural identification formation, the amount finds the various responses that proceed to accompany the venture of unification. individuals: Pertti Ahonen, Aleida Assmann, Elizabeth Boa, Peter Fritzsche, Anne Fuchs, Deniz Göktürk, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Anja ok. Johannsen, Jennifer A. Jordan, Jürgen Paul, Linda Shortt, Andrew J. Webber.