Punk poetics and West German literature of the eighties Public Deposited

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  • Shahan, Cyrus
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Punk Poetics and West German Literature of the Eighties investigates the literary career of punk after the demise of punk subcultures. Punk Poetics reads punk as a recycling of avant-garde aesthetics–détournement, collage and chaos–that politicized affect, authenticity, consumption and narration in the conservative morass of 1980s West Germany. Punk Poetics engages punk aesthetics using psychoanalysis, cultural studies, media theory and literary theory. The three case studies in Punk Poetics on Rainald Goetz, Thomas Meinecke and Joachim Lottmann are set up by first reading lived punk subcultures from the late seventies, particularly those around Düsseldorf. Integrated into these readings are intertextual links to music and visual arts of the period. By uncovering the anarchic textual politics of punk literature, Punk Poetics seeks to fill a gap in the literary understanding of the 1980s that is overshadowed by the traumatic decades of protest and terrorism of the 1960s and 1970s and the so-called return to normalcy since 1989.
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