1st Edition

Nation and Identity in the New German Cinema
Homeless at Home





ISBN 9780415878449
Published January 26, 2010 by Routledge
236 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

Foreword

Acknowledgments

 

PART ONE—Setting the Scene

Introduction

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

Notes

Bibliography

Filmography

Index

 

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Biography

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.