Germany and the Imagined East

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Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005 - East Asia - 203 pages
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German-speaking Europe is an array of images that have emerged from varied discourses about itself and its neighbors, and Germany and the Imagined East revolves around the exchange of views on and in the vast construct called the East. The world has been divided conceptually in countless ways, but the works in this volume treat aspects of Germany as both part of and also separate from any perception of an eastern border. From the former German Democratic Republic, East Germany, to Österreich whose name loses its eastern association in the English version, Austria, the East begins within the very world of the German language. But it is also the expanse off to the right of Germany, within which essays in this collection treat such political and cultural distinctions as former Yugoslavia, Romania and Russia in Eastern Europe, or Turkey and Persia in the Near East, spreading through India to China and Japan in the Far East. With a variety of perspectives on literature, film, philosophy, architecture, music and history, these essays comprise a multidisciplinary collage that invites scholars from all departments to explore the wealth of insights German Studies has to offer on East-West relations.

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