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German Pop Culture: How "American" Is It? (Social History, Popular Culture, & Politics in Germany)

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German Pop Culture sheds new light on the "Americanization" of German culture during the latter part of the 20th century, with special emphasis on post-Unification literature, music, and film. America and its iconography have been instrumental in defining German political and aesthetic culture, especially since World War II, and most recently in the aftermath of September 11.

Surrounding this indisputable phenomena, questions of the role and place of a "popular" German culture continue to trigger heated debate. Embraced by some as a welcome means to break out of the German monocultural mind-set, American-shaped "pop" culture is rejected by others as "polluting" established values, leveling necessary differentiation, and ultimately being driven by a capitalist consumer society rather than by moral or aesthetic standards.

This collaborative volume addresses a number of intriguing questions: What do Germans envisage when they speak of the "Americanization" of their literature and music? How do artists respond to today's media culture? What does this mean for the current political dimension of German-American relations? Can one speak meaningfully of an "Americanized" German culture? In addressing these and other questions, this work fills a gap in existing scholarship by investigating German popular culture from a multidisciplinary, international perspective.

Contributors to this volume:

Winfried Fluck, Gerd Gemünden, Lutz Koepnick, Barbara Kosta, Sara Lennox, Thomas Meinecke, Uta Poiger, Matthias Politycki, Thomas Saunders, Eckhard Schumacher, Marc Silberman, Frank Trommler, Sabine von Dirke

Synopsis:

An incisive study of the impact of American culture on modern German society

About the Author

Agnes C. Mueller is Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472113842
Editor:
Mueller, Agnes C.
Other:
Mueller, Agnes C.
Editor:
Mueller, Agnes C.
Author:
Mueller, Agnes C.
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Location:
Ann Arbor
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Popular culture -- Germany -- History.
Subject:
Germany Social life and customs.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany
Series Volume:
vyp. 8
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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