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>From:         Helmut Schmitz <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Call for Submissions: Between Historisation, Nostalgia and Mythmaking
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>Call for Submissions:
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>The journal “Seminar. A Journal of Germanic 
>Studies” invites article submissions to a 
>Special Theme Between Historisation, Nostalgia 
>and Mythmaking: Contemporary German Culture 
>looking back at the two Germanys’ with Guest 
>Editor Helmut Schmitz, University of Warwick, UK.
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>With German unification in 1990 the two German 
>states had become ‘historical’, however much the 
>Anschluss’ of the five new federal states 
>conveyed the impression of continuity. In the 
>aftermath of 1990 nearly all established 
>political positions and securities of the ‘old’ 
>Federal Republic were re-positioned. The 
>political changes had considerable effects on 
>the literary landscape, from the debate about 
>the ‘Gesinnungsästhetik’, via the 
>‘Vergangenheitsbewältigung Ost’ and the shifts 
>in the discourse of memory of National Socialism 
>to the recent ‘Pop-Literature’ phenomenon.
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>When Hanns-Josef Ortheil suspected in 1995 that 
>the literature of the GDR would yet have to be 
>written, he referred to a literature that would 
>reflect the social everyday without being 
>clouded by political ideology. The new look at 
>the historical everyday in the East, desired by 
>Ortheil, has over the last years become reality 
>for the ‘new’ Federal Republic as a whole. Over 
>the last decade there has been a wave of 
>literary and essayistic works, as well as films 
>that approach the societies of East and West 
>from a historicising, memorising and nostalgic 
>perspective. One characteristic of many of these 
>texts is the frequently transfiguring, but also 
>often ironic look at the respective society from 
>an adolescent perspective (e.g. Matthias 
>Politycki’s Weiberroman, Thomas Brussig’s Am 
>kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee). Pop culture, the 
>world of consumer goods and the vita sexualis 
>play a more decisive role than the political 
>events of the day which at most make up the 
>background of these narratives. While the West 
>is in the grip of the 'Glaubenskrieg Adidas 
>gegen Puma’ (David Wagner, Meine nachtblaue 
>Hose), the East clings to the Spreewaldgurken 
>(Wolfgang Becker, Good-bye, Lenin). Whether Ost- 
>or Westalgie, the trend towards generational 
>explanatory models in the public reception of 
>the Lebensgefühl expressed in these texts is 
>conspicuous (‘Generation Berlin’, ‘Generation 
>Golf/Wartburg’). To what extent are the current 
>representations of the different German pasts, 
>from a historicising or nostalgic perspective, 
>engaged in a re-writing of established cultural 
>narratives? In how far is contemporary German 
>cultural production catching up with 
>Anglo-American phenomena that have already been 
>described as typical for ‘post-modern’ culture 
>by Andreas Huyssen (‘mnemonic fever’) and 
>Fredric Jameson (pastiche and nostalgia) over a 
>decade ago?
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>Submit manuscripts to Helmut Schmitz, Dept of 
>German Studies, University of Warwick by 30 Oct, 
>2006.
>For further information contact:
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>Guest Editor Helmut Schmitz, 
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>and/or
>Editor, “Seminar”, Raleigh Whitinger, 
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>Consult also: 
><http://www.humanities.ualberta.ca/seminar/>http://www.humanities.ualberta.ca/seminar/
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>Dr Helmut Schmitz
>Dept of German Studies
>University of Warwick
>Coventry CV4 7AL
>Tel: 024/76 572524
>email: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
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