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  • 1. Figures of a Discontinuous Germany–Martin Morris

    2. Germany, or, the Twentieth Century as History—Michael Geyer

    3. The Lonesome Capitalist— Gunter Grass

    4. Ramblings in Old Berlin—Fredric Jameson

    5. Media tTheory: On the Legacy of the Avant-Gardes in Carl Einstein and Walter Benjamin—Andreas Michel

    6. Contemporary Holocaust Images: The Landscape of Loss and the Limits of the Photograph—Ulrich Baer

    7. The Paradigm Shift to Communication and the Eclipse of the Object—Martin Morris

    8. The Aesthetics of Resistance—Peter Weiss

    9. Playing Politics with Estranged and Empathetic Audiences: Bertolt Brecht and Georg Fuchs—Juliet Koss

    10. Curvatures of the Negative: Ars Nova and Doktor Faustus from 1900 to 2001—Arkady Plotnitsky

    11. Germany's Memorial Question: Memory, Counter-Memory, and the End of the Monument—James E. Young

    12. Reflections on Three Ravensbrucks—Pierre Vidal-Naquet

    13. The Neoliberal Project, the Masculine Concept of Work, and the Overdue Renewal of the Gender...—Frigga Haug

    14. History as Trauma, or, Turning to the Past Once Again: Germany 1949/1989—Julia Hell

    15. Notes on Contributors

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    The twentieth-century history of few countries has been so profoundly marked by breaks, discontinuities, and ruptures as has Germany’s—the radical breaks between the Wilhelmine empire, the Weimar Republic, and the National Socialist period; the “end of history” in 1945 and the dual reconstruction from “Year Zero,” followed by the reunification of post-1989 German. This special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly focuses on the many dimensions of these discontinuities—social, political, cultural, aesthetic, psychological, and physical—as well as the continuities that are equally, if less apparently, implied by them.
    The contributions presented here include Fredric Jameson’s “Ramblings in Old Berlin,” Günter Grass’s “Lonesome Capitalism,” and Peter Weiss’s “Aesthetics of Resistance.” Among the topics discussed in the volume are the debate over Holocaust memorials in Germany and the significance of their connections to the German past, the problematic continuity that identifies the new unified Germany with the former Federal Republic; the dangers to women posed by the neoliberal project; the legacy of the avant-garde in today’s media theory; Ars nova and Doktor Faustus; nostalgia for the old German Democratic Republic; and reflections on traumatic memory and history as trauma.

    Contributors. Ulrich Baer, Michael Geyer, Günter Grass, Frigga Haug, Julia Hell, Fredric Jameson, Juliet Koss, Andreas Michel, Martin Morris, Arkady Plotnitsky, Pierra Vidal-Naquet, Peter Weiss, James E. Young

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