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Title: 'Mirrors of ourselves' : fictional depictions of Germans and Britons in British and German popular culture, 1945-1965
Author: Vonberg, Judith
ISNI:       0000 0004 7227 4780
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2017
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In the 1990s, Anglo-Germanist Harald Husemann boldly stated the necessity of a comprehensive survey of mutual Anglo-German depictions. While there has been intense scholarly interest in British images of Germanness in recent decades (see Firchow [1986], Cullingford and Husemann ed. [1995], Argyle [2002], Paris [2007], Scully [2012]), this has largely been limited to literary or filmic representations and the comparative, multi-media, popular culture approach has been neglected, as has the immediate post-war period. Using popular novels, films, television dramas, radio plays and comics – many of which have never been addressed in scholarship before – this thesis maps the interconnected landscapes of British images of Germany and the Germans and German images of Britain and the British in the immediate post-war period (ca.1945-1965). Each chapter takes a theme or debate in the depiction of ‘Britishness’ or ‘Germanness’ and, through close analysis of three case study texts, addresses both the prevailing stereotypes and the (sometimes surprising) counter-narratives, and positions them within broader political, social and cultural contexts. Although the chapters can be read individually, as a whole the thesis offers a broad yet nuanced analysis of mutual Anglo-German depictions and reveals how images of both Germanness in British fictions and Britishness in German fictions can be read as ‘mirrors’ of contemporaneous understandings of the national self.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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