Ossi Wessi includes the proceedings of the fourteenth annual
Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference at the University of
California, Berkeley (2006), which explored issues surrounding the
Berlin Wall, both pre- and post-reunification, in language,
literature, and visual media. The collected articles discuss the
situation of the Berlin Wall, describing its portrayal as both a
dividing and uniting boundary, and often discussing the continued
existence of the Wall in the minds of Germany Aos citizens. The
multi-disciplinary range of approaches contained in this volume
reveals how diverse the portrayals of the history of the Wall have
been, as well as how controversial the division of Germany remains
today. Topics covered in this collection include Wende Literature
and film, linguistic changes and attitudes since 1989, the
complicated history of the Neo-Nazis, and the visual arts. Although
Ossi Wessi is by no means a comprehensive reference work, each of
its essays serve as a though provoking springboard for further
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