By Friedrike Eigler
The concept that of Heimat with its probably pre- or anti-modern connotations of rootedness in a spot of foundation is critical to a severe knowing of German historical past and tradition. Over the process the earlier fifteen years, students throughout a number disciplines have chanced on new how you can study the altering notions of Heimat - its multifaceted cultural, literary, and visible heritage, its gendered connotations, and its nationwide and ideological appropriations. This anthology is the 1st to ascertain cultural manifestations of Heimat by way of giving designated attention to problems with reminiscence and house. The contributions to this quantity problem static notions of position usually linked to Heimat. as an alternative, they discover the social and cultural construction of areas of belonging as they emerge in literary and visible narratives starting from 1800 to 2000 and past. even supposing the anthology comprises old views on Heimat, its total aim isn't really to track its cultural or literary background, yet to put this advanced time period into new conceptual contexts. Drawing realization to manifestations of Heimat inside German literary and cultural reviews presents a wealthy floor for exploring the transformation of locality in trans/national contexts.
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