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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: German Studies

Identity and Politics in the German-Speaking Countries

Academic Year 2018-19

What does it mean to be German? Identity is itself a highly contested notion, especially in the German context of division and unification, and German identity has been subject to numerous interpretations and represented in various ways. Through study of a range of sources – films, fiction and poetry, political writings, historical documents – students will become familiar with debates around ‘Germanness’ and German nationhood. Key issues to be explored may include nationalism and the making of the German nation; political protest and the question of German identity; the political role of the writer in shaping German identity during the Cold War.

Module Coordinator:

Dr Tracey Reimann-Dawe [], Room A7, Elvet Riverside I

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment