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The Berlin School and its Global Contexts


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Marco Abel is professor of English and film studies at the University of Nebraska. He is the author of The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School and Violent Affect: Literature, Cinema, and Critique After Representation, as well as the co-editor of Im Angesicht des Fernsehens-Der Filmemacher Dominik Graf and the book series Provocations.

Jaimey Fisher is professor of German and cinema and digital media as well as the director of the Humanities Institute at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Disciplining Germany: Youth, Reeducation, and Reconstruction after the Second World War (Wayne State University Press, 2007) and, with Christian Petzold, is co-editor of Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture, among other volumes.


"Bringing together some of the most influential scholars in German film studies, this anthology provides an outstanding overview of the numerous intersections between the work of the Berlin School and broader currents in world cinema.""- Paul Cooke, Centenary Chair in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds;

""Filmmakers of the Berlin School have made some of the most powerful and challenging movies of the past decade. The essays in this collection look closely at a number of important directors and films. They also consider the Berlin School in historical and international contexts, in relation to traditions of both art cinema and genre filmmaking, and from a variety of theoretical perspectives. This book is indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary cinema.""- Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University;

""Uniformly well-written and incisive.""- Thomas Puhr, Film International;

""In the context of German studies, this volume makes a fundamentally innovative and thus exceptionally important contribution to film studies. The edited volume's distinctly global approach advances the theoretical framing of contemporary cinematic production by accounting for the transnational dynamics and global flows. The scholarly discourse about global art cinema will continue to theorize the interplay of national and global flows and their relation to modes of production, politics of neoliberalism, aesthetics of realism, and the re-emergence of auteurism. The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts sets the stage and makes the case for the sustained participation of German studies film scholars in those ongoing debates.""- Barbara Mennel, Seminar

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