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Religion and identity in Germany today : doubters, believers, seekers in literature and film /
Julian Preece, Frank Finlay, and Sinead Crowe (eds).
Oxford : P. Lang, c2010.
252 p. ; 23 cm.
9783034301565 (alk. paper)
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Oxford : P. Lang, c2010.
9783034301565 (alk. paper)
general note
Proceedings of a colloquium held in July 2008 in Swansea, Wales.
language note
English and German.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
BIH Author Biography
Julian Preece is Professor of German at Swansea University. He is the author of books on Günter Grass (2001/04) and Veza Canetti (2007). Frank Finlay is Professor of German at the University of Leeds. An expert on Heinrich Böll, he has also published widely on post-1989 German literary writing. Sinéad Crowe teaches in the School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts at Queen's University Belfast. Her current research examines the place of religion in contemporary German theatre and drama.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The contributors address a range of issues, including the controversial building of a mosque in Cologne & pressure experienced by German Jews to reconnect with a religion that their forebears cast off sometimes more than a century ago.
Main Description
In German-speaking Europe, as in other parts of the western world, questions of religious identity have been discussed with sudden urgency since the attacks of '9/11'. Nowhere was this clearer than in the heated controversy over the building of a mosque in the city of Cologne, which is the subject of Michael Hofmann's contribution to this volume. Turkish Germans have also found themselves defined by the religious background of their parents. For different reasons German Jews have faced pressure to reconnect with a religion that their forbears cast off sometimes more than a century ago. At the same time religious belief among the nominally Christian majority has been in retreat. These changes have generated poetry, drama, and fiction as well as a number of films by both well-known and emerging authors and filmmakers. Their works sometimes reflect but more often challenge debates taking place in politics and the media. The essays in this volume explore a range of genres which engage with religion in contemporary Germany and Austria. They show that literature and film express nuances of feeling and attitude that are eclipsed in other, more immediately influential discourses. Discussion of these works is thus essential for an understanding of the role of religion in forming identity in contemporary multicultural German-speaking societies. This volume contains eight chapters in English and six in German.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Ein bißchen AlephÆ: Jüdische Religion und religiöse Praxis zwischen Renaissance und Musealisierungp. 7
Belief, Ritual and Identity: Performances of Jewishness in Contemporary German Cinemap. 25
Das éEnde der NachkriegszeitÆ im Werk von Anna Mitgutschp. 47
A Clear-Cut Case? Martin Walser and the Charge of Anti-Semitismp. 65
In dieser Gegend gibt es keinen GottÆ: Religion in der épostmodernenÆ Literatur am Beispiel von Helmut Krausser, Hape Kerkeling und Felicitas Hoppep. 83
Gott heißt Elvis Presley: Zur religiösen Motivik in der zeitgenössischen deutschen Prosap. 99
Snatching a Brand from the Burning: Possibilities of Transcendence in Thomas RosenlöcherÆs Flockenkarussellp. 117
æDas Gefühl des GlaubensÆ: Religion in the Theatre of Werner Fritschp. 137
That Old-Time Religion? Thoughts on Patrick RothÆs æResurrectionÆ Trilogyp. 147
Constructions of Islam: Select Voices from Germany and the Netherlandsp. 163
Meine Gläubigkeit hat einen Knacks bekommenÆ: Hubert Fichtes Der Platz der Gehenkten als empfindsamer Beitrag einer Korankritikp. 183
æAuthenticÆ Muslim Voices? Feridun Zaimo?luÆs Schwarze Jungfrauenp. 199
Faking the Hadj? Richard Burton Slips between the Lines in Ilija TrojanowÆs Der Weltensammlerp. 211
Interkulturalität und Religion in Deutschland: Der Streit um den geplanten Bau einer Großmoschee in Köln und die Diskussion um einen europäischen Islamp. 227
Notes on Contributorsp. 243
Indexp. 249
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