Edinburgh German Yearbook 14
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262 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Edinburgh German Yearbook

Imprint: Camden House

Edinburgh German Yearbook 14

Politics and Culture in Germany and Austria Today

Edited by Frauke Matthes

Guest editor Dora Osborne, Katya Krylova and Myrto Aspioti

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Examines the heightened role of politics in contemporary German and Austrian cultural productions and institutions and what it means for German Studies.
As debates about Europe, migration, resurgent nationalism, and neoliberalism intensify in Germany and Austria, politics has gained particular prominence in cultural production and cultural institutions. How does this development affect German Studies as a discipline and a practice? Volume 14 of Edinburgh German Yearbook examines political or politicized aspects of contemporary life that have become increasingly significant for culture today. The contributions gathered here offer engaging readings of contemporary literary texts (including work by Saša Stanišić, Anke Stelling, and Timur Vermes), films (by Fatih Akın, Ruth Beckermann, and Andreas Dresen), and other forms of cultural intervention (the polemics of Max Czollek and Oliver Polak, and the activism of the left-feminist group Burschenschaft Hysteria). These encourage us to consider how communities are being (re)shaped by current political and social crises, antagonisms around memory cultures, questions of European identity, as well as challenges to the status of an assumed Leitkultur and the discourse of integration.

FRAUKE MATTHES is a Lecturer in German at the University of Edinburgh. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Trier and was the Conference Officer for the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (2013-19). She is the general editor of the Edinburgh German Yearbook and on the editorial boards of Forum for Modern Language Studies and the book series European Connections: Studies in Comparative Literature, Intermediality and Aesthetics.

DORA OSBORNE is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews. Her research looks at the memory of National Socialism and the Holocaust in contemporary Germany and Austria. She has published widely on recent German literature, film, and memorial projects, and her second monograph What Remains: The Post-Holocaust Archive in German Memory Culture came out in 2020 with Camden House.

KATYA KRYLOVA is Lecturer in German, Film, and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. Her second monograph, The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture, was published by Camden House in 2017 and received a 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award. Her research centers on the legacy of Nazism and memory culture in the Austrian context.

MYRTO ASPIOTI's DPhil thesis (University of Oxford, 2020) was on narratives of identity in and around German-language novels published after 2010. She is interested in performative authorship and the politics of the literary market, both in the German context and beyond. She has published articles on Eva Menasse (2020) and Wolfgang Herrndorf (2019). She is currently working as acquisitions editor for De Gruyter in Berlin, where she is in charge of the English-language portfolio in Literary and Cultural Studies.

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9781640140844

April 2021

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Title Details

262 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Edinburgh German Yearbook

Imprint: Camden House