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Nation and Identity in the New German Cinema
Homeless at Home

ISBN 9780203893029
Published June 30, 2008 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

In this original study, Scharf investigates issues of national identity in films of the New German Cinema. Using a cultural studies analysis, Scharf argues that the conflict between this generation of critical filmmakers and their ‘German-ness’ translate into feature films that construct, and are pervaded by, a sense of "homelessness" at home.

As the first cultural studies investigation of this cinematic movement, the book challenges existing film studies accounts by analyzing the New German Cinema within its social, temporal, and spatial contexts. Furthermore, with its broad concerns for the West German production context, the New German Cinema’s reception both nationally and internationally, as well as issues of representation, narration, and ‘Othering,’ Nation and Identity in the New German Cinema offers an interdisciplinary contribution to the ongoing debate on national cinema.

Table of Contents




PART ONE—Setting the Scene


Chapter One: Establishing Shot


PART TWO—Film Analyses

Chapter Two: The Unsettling Setting

Chapter Three: A Matter of Time

Chapter Four: Relative Strangers

Conclusion: The End






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Inga Scharf  currently works for the German National Academic Foundation. Her publications include the article A Cultural Studies Approach Towards a Critical Understanding of the New German Cinema, and the book chapter National Identity and the Critical Geopolitics of West German Film.