Edinburgh German Yearbook 7

November 2013
184 pages
9x6 in
Edinburgh German Yearbook
ISBN: 9781571135506
Format: Hardback
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Edinburgh German Yearbook 7

Ethical Approaches in Contemporary German-Language Literature and Culture

Edited by Emily Jeremiah, Frauke Matthes

Building on a long tradition in German-language literature and culture, this volume focuses on contemporary engagements with ethical concerns in literary texts, essays, and films.
There has been an "ethical turn" in the literature, culture, and theory of recent years. Questions of morality are urgent at a time of increasing global insecurities. Yet it is becoming ever more difficult to make ethical judgments in multicultural, relativist societies. The European economic meltdown has raised further ethical difficulties, widening the gap between rich and poor. Such divisions and difficulties heighten the widespread fear of "the other" in its various manifestations. And in the German context especially, the past and its representation offer ongoing moral challenges.

These ethical concerns have found their way into recent German-language literature and culture in texts that deal with history and memory (Timm, Petzold, Schoch, Strubel); materiality (Krauß, Overath); gender (Berg, Schneider); age and generation (Moster, Pehnt, Schalansky); religion, especially Islam (Senocak, Kermani, Ruete); and nomadism (Tawada). The relationship between self and other; the connection between particular and general; the personal and political consequences of individuals' actions; and the potential, and danger, of representation itself are issues that are vital to the shaping of our future ethical landscapes, as this volume demonstrates.

Contributors: Monika Albrecht, Angelika Baier, David N. Coury, Anna Ertel & Tilmann Köppe, Emily Jeremiah, Alasdair King, Frauke Matthes, Aine McMurtry, Gillian Pye, Kate Roy.

Emily Jeremiah is Senior Lecturer in German at Royal Holloway, University of London. Frauke Matthes is Lecturer in German at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ethical Approaches in Contemporary German-Language Literature and Culture
"The Absoluteness of the Knowledge Once Possessed": 1968 Ethics and Consensual Ethics in Uwe Timm's Novel Rot
What the World Needs Now: Rancière, Ethology, and Christian Petzold's Toter Mann (2001) and Wolfsburg (2003)
Materiality and Ethics in Recent German Prose Narratives by Angelika Overath and Angela Krauß
Shameful Stories: The Ethics of East German Memory Contests in Fiction by Julia Schoch, Stefan Moster, Antje Rávic Strubel, and Judith Schalansky
Affective Encounters and Ethical Responses in Robert Schneider's Die Luftgängerin and Sybille Berg's Vielen Dank für das Leben
Narrative Ethics and the Problems of Age and Aging in Annette Pehnt's Haus der Schildkröten
"So ähnlich könnte es gewesen sein, aber [. . .]": Unethical Narrations of Emily Ruete's "Große Wandlungen"
Enlightenment Fundamentalism: Zafer Senocak, Navid Kermani, and Multiculturalism in Germany Today
Voicing Rupture: Ethical Concerns in Short Prose and Lyric Texts by Yoko Tawada


[A] well-conceived and timely volume. . . . [O]ne of the book's greatest strengths is that, despite its compactness, it manages to cover a great number and a large variety of both familiar and less-known voices. . . . [It is] is a useful, and for the most part inspirational, opening to an important (and as yet under-researched) dimension in our understanding of contemporary German-language literature and ?lm. . . . [I]t is well edited, tightly focused, and a credit to the Edinburgh German Yearbook series in which it appears. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW [Stuart Taberner]

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