Spatial Turns

Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture


Volume Editors: Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel
The phrase “spatial turns” signals the growing importance of space as an analytical as well as representational category for culture. The volume addresses such emerging modes of inquiry by bringing together, for the first time, essays that engage with spatial turns, spatiality, and the theoretical implications of both in the context of German culture, history, and theory. Migrating from fields like geography, urban studies, and architecture, the new centrality of space has transformed social-science fields as diverse as sociology, philosophy, and psychology. In cultural studies, productive analyses of space increasingly cut across the studies of literature, film, popular culture, and the visual arts. Spatial Turns brings together essays that apply a spatial analysis to German literature and other media and engages with specifically German theorizations of space by such figures as Siegfried Kracauer and Walter Benjamin.
The volume is organized in four sections: “Mapping Spaces” addresses cartography in all forms and in its intersection with culture; “Spaces of the Urban” takes up one of the key sites of spatial studies, the city; “Spaces of Encounter” considers how Germany has become a contact zone for multiple ethnicities; and “Visualized Spaces” concerns the theorization of space in film and new media studies.

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Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel: Introduction
Mapping Spaces
Andrew Piper: Mapping Vision: Goethe, Cartography, and the Novel
Jill Suzanne Smith: Just How Naughty was Berlin?
The Geography of Prostitution and Female Sexuality in Curt Moreck’s Erotic Travel Guide
Jennifer Marston William: Mapping a Human Geography: Spatiality in Uwe Johnson’s Mutmassungen über Jakob [ Speculations about Jakob, 1959]
Katharina Gerstenberger: Historical Space: Daniel Kehlmann’s Die Vermessung der Welt [ Measuring the World, 2005]
Spaces of the Urban
Diana Spokiene: Gendered Urban Spaces: Cultural Mediations on the City in Eighteenth-Century German Women’s Writing
Amy Strahler Holzapfel: The Roots of German Theater’s “Spatial Turn”: Gerhart Hauptmann’s Social-Spatial Dramas
Eric Jarosinski: Urban Mediations: The Theoretical Space of Siegfried Kracauer’s Ginster
Bastian Heinsohn: Protesting the Globalized Metropolis: The Local as Counterspace in Recent Berlin Literature
Jennifer Ruth Hosek: Transnational Cinema and the Ruins of Berlin and Havana: Die neue Kunst, Ruinen zu bauen [ The New Art of Making Ruins, 2007] and Suite Habana (2003)
Spaces of Encounter
Kamaal Haque: From the Desert to the City and Back: Nomads and the Spaces of Goethe’s West-östlicher Divan [ West-Eastern Divan, 1819/1827]
June J. Hwang: Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Alfred Döblin’s Reise in Polen [ Journey to Poland, 1925]
Carola Daffner: The Feminine Topography of Zion: Mapping Gertrud Kolmar’s Poetic Imagination
Will Lehman: Jewish Colonia as Heimat in the Pampas: Robert Schopflocher’s Explorations of Thirdspace in Argentina
Silke Schade: Rewriting Home and Migration: Spatiality in the Narratives of Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Barbara Kosta: Transcultural Space and Music: Fatih Akın’s Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005)
Visualized Space
Ingeborg Majer-O’Sickey: The Cult of the Cold and the Gendered Body in Mountain Films
Steven Jacobs: Panoptic Paranoia and Phantasmagoria: Fritz Lang’s Nocturnal City
Miriam Paeslack: Subjective Topographies: Berlin in Post-Wall Photography
Jaimey Fisher: Kreuzberg as Relational Place: Respatializing the “Ghetto” in Bettina Blümner’s Prinzessinnenbad [ Pool of Princesses, 2007]
Todd Presner: Digital Geographies: Berlin in the Ages of New Media