Popular culture in the German-speaking world has reacted in numerous ways to the demands of contemporary life, combining century-old traditions but also addressing current political and social debates. The essays collected in this volume offer case studies of popular fiction, theatre, hip-hop and rock music, events like the love parade, as well as describe new developments in documentary filmmaking. Read individually or as a whole, the chapters provide a detailed analysis of both the current issues in popular culture and the legacy of popular art forms throughout the twentieth century.
Gerd Bayer teaches English literature and culture at the University of Erlangen, Germany. His doctoral dissertation on nature and narrative in the writings of John Fowles has been published in book form (LIT, 2004) and he has also written articles on cinema studies, postcolonialism, and twentieth- century literature.