A Companion to German Cinema

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Terri Ginsberg, Andrea Mensch
John Wiley & Sons, 2011 M11 28 - 616 pages
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A Companion to German Cinema

A Companion to German Cinema regards the shifting terrain of German filmmaking and film studies against their larger social contexts with twenty-two newly commissioned essays by well-established and younger scholars in the field. While several of these focus on classic topics such as Weimar cinema, Fifties cinema, New German Cinema and its legacy, and Holocaust film, the collection is distinguished by its focus on new developments and the innovative light they may shed on earlier practices.

A Companion to German Cinema includes essays on Berlin Film, Neue Heimat Film, New Comedy, post-Wall documentaries, the post-Wende RAF genre, and Rabenmutter imagery, as well as on the persistently overlooked and under-theorized Indianerfilme, post-AIDS documentaries, sexploitation films, and new multicultural and transnational films produced in Germany under the auspices of the European Union. Organized into three “movements” representing the significance of these developments for their aesthetic theorization, A Companion to German Cinema challenges its readers to address critical gaps in the field with the aim of opening it further onto new terrains of intellectual engagement.

A Companion to German Cinema represents the cutting edge of German cinema studies that will force scholars to rethink their approach to the subject. Conceptually innovative and theoretically rigorous, the collection convincingly claims that the renewal of the field must occur from its margins.”

Roy Grundmann, Boston University

“This book is meant to re-envision what has been little seen, unsettle your thinking about German cinema and visual culture, and examine German cinema’s socially transformative potential.”

Dora Apel, Wayne State University

“Combining a path-breaking exploration of German cinema beyond the canon with a serious contribution to theories of nation and transnationalism, this collection is a much-needed addition to European film scholarship.”

Rosalind Galt, University of Sussex

 

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Contents

The GDR Indianerfilme
27
Heiner Carows Third Way
55
German Identity Myth and Documentary Film
82
Horror Nostalgia Redemption
110
The Berlin School
134
On the Regional and the Urban in Recent Cinema
155
Disembodying Gender Destabilizing Nation
175
Border Poetics in StraubHuillets
197
The Films of Jochen Hick
318
The Sissi Films
341
Disidentification
405
Feminist ReVisions
429
The Baader Oedipus Complex
462
Videograms of a Revolution and the Search for Images
483
Gofor Zucker and the Women
507
Aelrun Goettes Die Kinder sind tot
526

Palestinian Films
218
Fatih Akıns Homecomings
249
Fassbinders Whity at
260
Sexploitation Film from West Germany
287
Michael Hanekes Fragmentary Cinema
553
Index
573
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Terri Ginsberg is a director and public programmer at the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington, DC. She has taught film, media, and cultural studies at New York University, Rutgers University, Dartmouth College, Ithaca College, and Brooklyn College. She is author of Holocaust Film: The Political Aesthetics of Ideology (2007), and co-editor (with Kirsten Moana Thompson) of Perspectives on German Cinema (1996) and of several other volumes on global cinema and Middle Eastern film studies.

Andrea Mensch is a senior lecturer in the English Department at North Carolina State University and has also taught film and literature courses in London and at the NCSU Prague Institute. She was associate editor as well as book reviews editor for Jouvert: A Journal of Post-colonial Studies.

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