Religion and Identity in Germany Today (häftad)
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Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Preece, Julian (ed.), Finlay, Frank (ed.), Crowe, Sinéad (ed.)
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Religion and Identity in Germany Today (häftad)

Religion and Identity in Germany Today

Doubters, Believers, Seekers in Literature and Film

Häftad Engelska, 2010-09-01
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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.
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Julian Preece is Professor of German at Swansea University. He is the author of books on Gunter Grass (2001/04) and Veza Canetti (2007). Frank Finlay is Professor of German at the University of Leeds. An expert on Heinrich Boell, he has also published widely on post-1989 German literary writing. Sinead 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.


Contents: Julian Preece/Frank Finlay: Introduction - Mona Koerte: 'Ein bisschen Aleph': Judische Religion und religioese Praxis zwischen Renaissance und Musealisierung - Matthias Uecker: Belief, Ritual and Identity: Performances of Jewishness in Contemporary German Cinema - Andrea Reiter: Das 'Ende der Nachkriegszeit' im Werk von Anna Mitgutsch - Stuart Parkes: A Clear-Cut Case? Martin Walser and the Charge of Anti-Semitism - Stefan Neuhaus: 'In dieser Gegend gibt es keinen Gott': Religion in der 'postmodernen' Literatur am Beispiel von Helmut Krausser, Hape Kerkeling und Felicitas Hoppe - Axel Schalk: Gott heisst Elvis Presley: Zur religioesen Motivik in der zeitgenoessischen deutschen Prosa - Robert Gillett: Snatching a Brand from the Burning: Possibilities of Transcendence in Thomas Rosenloecher's Flockenkarussell - Sinead Crowe: 'Das Gefuhl des Glaubens': Religion in the Theatre of Werner Fritsch - Keith Bullivant: That Old-Time Religion? Thoughts on Patrick Roth's 'Resurrection' Trilogy - Monika Shafi: Constructions of Islam: Select Voices from Germany and the Netherlands - Mario Fuhse: 'Meine Glaubigkeit hat einen Knacks bekommen': Hubert Fichtes Der Platz der Gehenkten als empfindsamer Beitrag einer Korankritik - Frauke Matthes: 'Authentic' Muslim Voices? Feridun Zaimoglu's Schwarze Jungfrauen - Julian Preece: Faking the Hadj? Richard Burton Slips between the Lines in Ilija Trojanow's Der Weltensammler - Michael Hofmann: Interkulturalitat und Religion in Deutschland: Der Streit um den geplanten Bau einer Grossmoschee in Koeln und die Diskussion um einen europaischen Islam.