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German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989 (Social History, Popular Culture, & Politics in Germany)

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German Literature on the Middle East explores the dynamic between German-speaking and Middle Eastern states and empires from the time of the Crusades to the end of the Cold War. This insightful study illuminates the complex relationships among literary and other writings on the one hand, and economic, social, and political processes and material dimensions on the other. Focusing on German-language literary and nonfiction writings about the Middle East (including historical documents, religious literature, travel writing, essays, and scholarship), Nina Berman evaluates the multiple layers of meaning contained in these works by emphasizing the importance of culture contact; a wide web of political, economic, and social practices; and material dimensions as indispensible factors for the interpretive process.

This analysis of literary and related writing reveals that German views about the Middle East evolved over the centuries and that various forms of action toward the Middle East differed substantially as well. Ideas about religion, culture, race, humanism, nation, and modernity, which emerged successively but remain operative to this day, have fashioned Germany's changed attitudes toward the Middle East. Exploring the interplay between textual discourses and social, political, and economic practices and materiality, German Literature on the Middle East offers insights that challenge accepted approaches to the study of literature, particularly approaches that insist on the centrality of the linguistic construction of the world. In addition, Berman presents evidence that the German encounter with the Middle East is at once distinct and yet at the same time characterized by patterns shared with other European countries. By addressing the individual nature of the German encounter in the larger European context, this study fills a considerable gap in current scholarship.

The interdisciplinary approach of German Literature on the Middle East will be of interest to the humanities in general, and specifically to scholars of German studies, comparative literature, Middle Eastern studies, and history.

Synopsis:

An investigation of the relationship between Germany and the Middle East through literary sources

Synopsis:

An investigation of Germany and the Middle East through literary sources, in the context of social, economic, and political practices

Synopsis:

German Literature on the Middle East explores the dynamic between German-speaking and Middle Eastern states and empires from the time of the Crusades to the end of the cold war. This insightful study illuminates the complex relationships among literary and other writings on the one hand and economic, social, and political processes and material dimensions on the other. Centering the analysis on German-language literary and nonfiction writings about the Middle East (including historical documents, religious literature, travel writing, essays, and scholarship), Nina Berman evaluates the multiple layers of meaning contained in these works by emphasizing the importance of cultural contact; a wide web of political, economic, and social practices; and material dimensions as indispensible factors for the interpretive process.
 
The interdisciplinary approach of German Literature on the Middle East will be of interest to the humanities in general and specifically to scholars of German Studies, Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, and History.
 
Publication of this volume was assisted by an Arts & Humanities Publication Subvention from The Ohio State University.
 
Nina Berman is Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

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Nina Berman is Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472117512
Author:
Berman, Nina
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
German
Subject:
Middle East In literature.
Subject:
German literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table, 2 illustrations
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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An investigation of the relationship between Germany and the Middle East through literary sources

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"Synopsis" by ,
German Literature on the Middle East explores the dynamic between German-speaking and Middle Eastern states and empires from the time of the Crusades to the end of the cold war. This insightful study illuminates the complex relationships among literary and other writings on the one hand and economic, social, and political processes and material dimensions on the other. Centering the analysis on German-language literary and nonfiction writings about the Middle East (including historical documents, religious literature, travel writing, essays, and scholarship), Nina Berman evaluates the multiple layers of meaning contained in these works by emphasizing the importance of cultural contact; a wide web of political, economic, and social practices; and material dimensions as indispensible factors for the interpretive process.
 
The interdisciplinary approach of German Literature on the Middle East will be of interest to the humanities in general and specifically to scholars of German Studies, Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, and History.
 
Publication of this volume was assisted by an Arts & Humanities Publication Subvention from The Ohio State University.
 
Nina Berman is Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.
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