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Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin
Edited by Karin Bauer and Jennifer Ruth Hosek
420 pages, 17 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-720-8 $179.00/£132.00 / Hb / Published (November 2017)
ISBN 978-1-78920-522-0 $39.95/£31.95 / Pb / Published (July 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78533-721-5 eBook
“In sum, Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin is an important, fresh, and invigorating addition to Berlin scholarship, and its broad interdisciplinary scope makes it a highly recommended read for researchers and students with an interest in the many facets of Germany’s capital. Most importantly, it more than lives up to its premise and provides challenging and illuminating answers for those seeking to find out about Berlin today.” • Feminist German Studies
“…an indispensable resource for any scholar who works on Berlin, and any person who is interested in the changing dynamics of urban space. The collection is thoughtfully conceived, and extremely well edited, as many of the wide-ranging contributions are cross-referenced and intertextual. The footnotes offer a wealth of useful material and the chapter bibliographies combine to form a complete picture of English-language literature on Berlin, while highlighting relevant disciplinary sources.” • German Studies Review
“This timely and stimulating book provides fresh insights into many issues of today’s Berlin. Its contributions have been carefully selected and aligned with one another, and their combination makes for an entirely unique approach to the topic.” • Peter McIsaac, University of Michigan
Since Unification and the end of the Cold War, Berlin has witnessed a series of uncommonly intense social, political, and cultural transformations. While positioning itself as a creative center populated by young and cosmopolitan global citizens, the “New Berlin” is at the same time a rich site of historical memory, defined inescapably by its past even as it articulates German and European hopes for the future. Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin presents a fascinating cross-section of life in Germany’s largest city, revealing the complex ways in which globalization, ethnicity, economics, memory, and national identity inflect how its urban spaces are inhabited and depicted.
Karin Bauer is Professor of German Studies at McGill University and former editor of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Her publications include Adorno’s Nietzschean Narratives: Critiques of Ideology, Readings of Wagner and Everybody Talks about the Weather: We Don’t, along with numerous articles on critical theory and contemporary German literature and culture.
Jennifer Ruth Hosek is Associate Professor of German at Queen's University, affiliated with Film, Gender, and Cultural Studies. Her scholarly projects include the monograph Sun, Sex, and Socialism: Cuba in the German Imaginary, the documentary Rodando en La Habana: Bicycle Stories, articles on a range of topics, and the telecollaborative learning platform www.linguaelive.ca.
Subject: Urban StudiesCultural Studies (General)History: 20th Century to Present
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