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ERIC Number: EJ946386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
"Made in Germany": The Politics of Teaching German Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century
Kahnke, Corinna; Stehle, Maria
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v44 n2 p116-123 Fall 2011
In North American universities, pop culture increasingly appears in the German Studies classroom to "spice up" the curriculum. But what is conveyed and taught and how is it inserted into the curriculum and into the US cultural context? This article explores three examples of popular culture in the German Studies classroom: representations of the Berlin Republic in "Good Bye Lenin!" and "Das Leben der Anderen", Fatih Akin's "Gegen die Wand", and songs of the band Rammstein. We argue for an approach that encourages students to explore the politics of national culture in a global context and emphasizes the tensions and contingencies in the materials presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany