Performing the Modern German: Performance and Identity in by Matthias Uecker

By Matthias Uecker

Because the overdue Nineteen Nineties, German cinema has undergone a interval of wonderful productiveness and good fortune that has made it the point of interest of scholarly research once again. What can modern German cinema let us know approximately present German society and its difficulties? What are the distinguishing gains of filmmaking in Germany today?
This e-book analyses the illustration of person and collective behaviour in post-unification German cinema. It appears to be like at performances of gender, ethnicity and nationality in a variety of modern German motion pictures. utilizing functionality concept as a framework, the e-book discusses how smooth German identities are offered as conformist, releasing or subversive responses to exterior demanding situations.
Theoretical issues concerning the efficacy of functionality and the dialectical courting among transgression, resistance and normalization shape the heritage for an research that investigates modern German motion pictures by way of their functionality in the restructuring of post-unification German society.

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The Power of Performance 35 performances: ‘Performance implicates the real through the presence of living bodies. 65 But whatever the dif ferences between these positions may be, they conceive of performance not as an act of deception or suppression in which the performer is forced into acknowledging and reproducing the perceived norms of his or her audience but rather as an event that challenges all participants’ belief in these norms and their normality, transforming perception and values through the power of the body’s presence and its responses to its public presentation.

49 See Turner, From Ritual to Theatre, 52–55. The Power of Performance 31 The central contribution to the establishment of such a performance paradigm came perhaps from Richard Schechner, a New York-based academic and theatre practitioner who not only introduced Turner’s ideas to his theatre work but also developed a number of highly inf luential new concepts for the analysis of performances. Taking up Turner’s distinction between everyday social life and the marked space of ritual and spectacle, Schechner conceptualized performance as ‘restored behavior’ or ‘twicebehaved behavior’, that is, a copy or variation of social behaviour which is separated from ‘normal’ space, deliberately exposes its performed character and can subject its elements to conscious analysis or modification.

They do not make what they say – or only in an indirect and circumspect way. They prescribe behaviour as a performance in an ef fort to align gender and sex, and they can certainly exert significant 38 It should be noted, however, that even this basic formula does not comply with Austin’s description of the normal grammatical form of the performative; without recourse to the agency of the first person singular, the formula can easily be read as constative. The Power of Performance 25 normative power in structuring ‘appropriate’ performances, but the connection between these speech acts and reality is far more circumspect than Austin would have allowed for a proper performative.

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