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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: German Studies

Staff in the Department of German

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Publication details for Professor Janet Stewart

2002 'The Kunsthaus Tacheles: The Berlin Architecture Debate in Micro-Historical Context', in Taberner, Stuart & Finlay, Frank (eds.), Recasting German Identity: Culture, Politics and Literature in the Berlin Republic, Camden House.

Author(s) from Durham


This collection of fifteen essays revisits the question of German identity. Unlike previous books on this topic, however, it does not focus exclusively on national identity in the aftermath of Hitler. Instead, it concentrates on the plurality of ethnic, sexual, political, geographical, and cultural identities in modern Germany, and on their often fragmentary nature as the country struggles with the challenges of unification and international developments such as globalization, multiculturalism, and postmodernism. The multifaceted nature of German identity demands a variety of approaches: thus the essays are interdisciplinary, drawing upon historical, sociological, and literary sources to offer a nuanced understanding of the complex question of identity in today's Germany.