Performing the Modern German: Performance and Identity in by Matthias Uecker

By Matthias Uecker

Because the past due Nineteen Nineties, German cinema has passed through a interval of impressive productiveness and luck that has made it the focal point of scholarly research once again. What can modern German cinema let us know approximately present German society and its difficulties? What are the distinguishing beneficial properties of filmmaking in Germany today?
This booklet analyses the illustration of person and collective behaviour in post-unification German cinema. It appears at performances of gender, ethnicity and nationality in a variety of modern German motion pictures. utilizing functionality concept as a framework, the e-book discusses how sleek German identities are offered as conformist, freeing or subversive responses to exterior demanding situations.
Theoretical concerns in regards to the efficacy of functionality and the dialectical courting among transgression, resistance and normalization shape the historical past for an research that investigates modern German movies when it comes to their functionality in the restructuring of post-unification German society.

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63 Crucial to this productive ‘failure’ that confronts the laws and values of the real is, in Phelan’s view, the impossibility of recording and reproducing 60 Peggy Phelan, ‘Reciting the Citation of Others’, in Lynda Hart and/ Peggy Phelan, eds, Acting Out. Feminist Performances (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1993), 13–31, here 23. For a more detailed exposition of this view see Peggy Phelan, Unmarked. The Politics of Performance (London/New York: Routledge, 1993). 61 See Carlson, Performance, chapter 6.

Lectures at the Collège de France 1974–1975 (London: Verso, 2003); Hubert L. Dreyfus/Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault. Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983). 88 Jürgen Link, Versuch über den Normalismus. Wie Normalität produziert wird (Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1998). The Power of Performance 45 believes that the early, normative form of ‘normalism’ has been gradually replaced by what he calls ‘f lexible normalism’. While normality continues to function as a normative and regulating benchmark, the definition of this normality – covering a wide variety of fields such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, statehood, technology or economic performance – has been dynamized and thus become f lexible and non-normative.

84 Leaman, ‘Coping with Disparity’, 31. The Power of Performance 43 basis for critical research. 85 As an umbrella term the concept functions as a vague metaphor which insinuates connections between developments in dif ferent areas of culture and politics rather than firmly establishing them. 86 Moreover, the choice of a term that has been used to legitimize a specific political agenda as the main tool for the analysis of just that political and cultural project creates serious problems. Not only does the danger arise of a constant confusion between self-descriptions and external analysis of this project.

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