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Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria, edited by Gabrielle Mueller and James M. Skidmore

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1. Cinema of Dissent? Confronting Social, Economic, and Political Change in German-Language Cinema | Gabriele Mueller and James M. Skidmore

Challenging Viewing Habits

2. The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School | Marco Abel

3. The Triumph of Hyperreality: A Baudrillardian Reading of Michael Haneke’s Cinematic Oeuvre | Sophie Boyer

4. Subversions of the Medical Gaze: Disability and Media Parody in Christoph Schlingensief’s Freakstars 3000 | Morgan Koerner

Reassessing and Consuming History

5. Literary Discourse and Cinematic Narrative: Scripting Affect in Das Leben der Anderen | Roger Cook

6. Heimat 3: Edgar Reitz’s Time Machine | Alasdair King

7. Troubled Parents, Angry Children: The Difficult Legacy of 1968 in Contemporary German-Language Film | Joanne Leal

8. Creative Chaos as Political Strategy in Recent German-Language Cinema | Mary-Elizabeth O’Brien

9. “Looking for an Old Man with a Black Moustache”: Hitler, Humor, Fake and Forgery in Schtonk! | Florentine Strzelczyk

10. Haha, Hitler! Coming to Terms with Dani Levy | Peter Gölz

Questioning Collective Identities |

11. German Fascination for Jews in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude | Myriam Léger

12. Border, Bridge, or Barrier? Images of German-Polish Borderlands in German Cinema of the 2000s | Jakub Kazecki

13. The Transnational Deutschkei in Yilmaz Arslan’s Brudermord | Michael Zimmermann

14. Diasporic Queers: Reading for the Intersections of Alterities in Recent German Cinema | Alice Kuzniar

An Insider’s View

15. The Construction of Reality: Aspects of Austrian Cinema between Fiction and Documentary | Barbara Pichler


Notes on Contributors


Contributors’ Bios

Marco Abel is associate professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of Violent Affect: Literature, Cinema, and Critique after Representation (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and is currently working on The Berlin School: Toward a Minor Cinema, which is under contract at Camden House. He teaches film history and theory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Sophie Boyer is associate professor of German Studies at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century poetry and the representation of crime and sexuality in Weimar literature. She is the author of La femme chez Heinrich Heine et Charles Baudelaire: le langage moderne de l’amour (L’Harmattan, 2004).

Roger Cook is professor of German and director of Film Studies at the Missouri State University in Springfield. He is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon: Heinrich Heine’s Late Songs and Reflections (Wayne State University Press, 1998) and The Demise of the Author: Autonomy and the German Writer 1770-1848 (Peter Lang, 1993), and he is editor with Gerd Gemünden of The Cinema of Wim Wenders: Image, Narrative, and the Postmodern Condition (Wayne State University Press, 1996).

Peter Gölz is associate professor of German and chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. He has published on film, contemporary literature, computer-assisted language learning, and vampires.

Jakub Kazecki holds an M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and a Ph.D. from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is currently working as an assistant professor of German at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.

Alasdair King is senior lecturer in German and Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. His recent publications include a monograph on Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and numerous articles on German cinema. He is currently working on a monograph on Edgar Reitz’s Heimat trilogy as part of a wider research interest in contemporary cinematic engagements with space and time.

Morgan Koerner is an assistant professor of German at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. His research focuses on intermediality and laughter in contemporary German theatre performances after unification.

Alice Kuzniar is professor of German at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She has edited Outing Goethe and His Age (Stanford University Press, 1996) and authored Delayed Endings: Nonclosure in Novalis and Hölderlin (University of Georgia Press, 1987), The Queer German Cinema (Stanford University Press, 2000), and Melancholia’s Dog: Reflections on Our Animal Kinship (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Joanne Leal is director of the M.A. in European Cultures program at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published on feminist literature and contemporary fiction and film, and she has recently completed a project on the collaborative works of Wim Wenders and Peter Handke (with Martin Brady, King’s College London), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom).

Myriam Léger is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Her research interests are in twentieth-century German literature and film, representations of Jewish identity, intersections of politics and literature, and cultural studies.

Gabriele Mueller Gabriele Mueller is associate professor of German and affiliated with The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University in Toronto. Her research focuses mainly on contemporary German cinema. She has published on various aspects of post-unification cinema in Germany, in particular, on cinematic contributions to memory discourses.

Mary-Elizabeth O’Brien is professor of German and the Courtney and Steven Ross Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her book Nazi Cinema as Enchantment: The Politics of Entertainment in the Third Reich (Camden House, 2004) explores how cinema participated in the larger framework of everyday fascism. Currently she is writing a book on national identity in post-wall German cinema.

Barbara Pichler is the director of Diagonale, the festival of Austrian film at Graz, which is the main platform for the presentation and discussion of Austrian film. She studied theatre and film at the University of Vienna and at the British Film Institute. An experienced member of film-festival juries, she is also an adjunct lecturer on film at the University of Vienna and the co-editor of moving landscapes: Landschaft und Film (Synema, 2006) and James Benning (FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen, 2007).

James M. Skidmore is associate professor and chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Florentine Strzelczyk is associate professor of German and director of the Language Research Centre at the University of Calgary, Alberta. Her research interests include the concept of Heimat in literature and film, and the afterlife of Nazism in North American cinema. She is the author of Unheimliche Heimat: Reibungsflächen zwischen Kultur und Nation (Iudicium, 1999) and co-editor of Glaube und Geschlecht: Fromme Frauen-Spirituelle ErfahrungenReligióse Traditionen (Böhlau, 2008).

Michael Zimmermann teaches in the Department of International Languages at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. His areas of research interest are the twentieth-century novel, film, German as a heritage language, and language pedagogy.