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The Genres of Europeanization - Moving Towards the "New Heimatfilm"

Franke, Yvonne (2013) The Genres of Europeanization - Moving Towards the "New Heimatfilm". Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis explores the contemporary tensions between home and travel in German film as they transform under the influences of Europeanization and globalization. It refrains from viewing the "Heimatfilm" as a separate genre that has been predominantly understood as a local principle, whose foil is the travel and road film as allegedly more vital and mobile engagements with geo-political developments. Instead, Heimat is the overarching principle of my dissertation with the goal of formulating the "New Heimatfilm" as a hybrid genre comprising elements from the rural, urban and road film that demonstrate a conceptual shift within German film. Therefore, the "New Heimatfilm" features mobility and dwelling as strongly intertwined with each other, and provides both local explorations and a larger transgressive and comparative perspective.
The theoretical framework I propose relies on theories of space, globalization, and genre, such as those developed by Michel de Certeau, Ulrich Beck, and Rick Altman. Similarly to the deterritorialization of "Heimat" in accordance with the Spatial Turn, I argue that "Heimat" also transgresses its conventional generic categorization. This is an unfinished process, since we are moving towards the "New Heimatfilm." The figure of movement, the flâneur as the modern figure par excellence, aids in this endeavor. Within the urban surroundings of Second Modernity, the conjunction of "Heimat" and the urban space brings forth a new form of flânerie that revitalizes both concepts.
There are burgeoning and ongoing discourses on Heimat, its new spatial configurations and European identity, but they remain separate. My dissertation views these concepts as intertwined and discusses the possibility of a European "Heimat" as further step within the conceptual shift of the "Heimat" discourse and "Heimatfilm" genre.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Franke, Yvonneyvf1@pitt.eduYVF1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHalle, Randallrhalle@pitt.eduRHALLE
Committee MemberFischer, Lucylfischer@pitt.eduLFISCHER
Committee MemberLyon, John B.jblyon@pitt.eduJBLYON
Committee Membervon Dirke, Sabinevondirke@pitt.eduVONDIRKE
Date: 28 September 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 10 April 2013
Approval Date: 28 September 2013
Submission Date: 1 August 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 226
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Germanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Germanic literature, Film studies
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2013 23:09
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:14


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