The Return of Storytelling in Contemporary German Literature and Film
Peter Hanke and Wim Wenders. Studies in German Language & Literature No. 36
German literature and film have kept to the true path all this time, according to Coury's (German and humanistic studies, U. of Wisconsin-Green Bay) construction, and it is storytelling that went wayward for a while but is now returning home. He begins by discussing the origins and definitions of the art of storytelling, and looking at contemporary
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"Within a scholarly discussion of the much discussed demise of narration, this book persuades readers of the return of storytelling in contemporary German literature and film. Building his argument through an informed analysis of the recent films of Wim Wenders and the prose works of Peter Hadke since the late 1980s, Coury convincingly demonstrates that they are representative of a new group of writers and filmmakers who, though earlier linked with the avant-garde or postmodernism, are now, in search for communal shared experiences, returning to narratives.....This is a work that all scholars of German culture, and especially those of literature and film, will find valuable. A fine example of interdisciplinary scholarship." - (From the Commendatory Foreword) Sara Friedrichsmeyer, University of Cincinnati"