Menu Expand
German Television

German Television

Larson Powell | Robert Shandley


Additional Information

Book Details


Long overlooked by scholars and critics, the history and aesthetics of German television have only recently begun to attract serious, sustained attention, and then largely within Germany. This ambitious volume, the first in English on the subject, provides a much-needed corrective in the form of penetrating essays on the distinctive theories, practices, and social-historical contexts that have defined television in Germany. Encompassing developments from the dawn of the medium through the Cold War and post-reunification, this is an essential introduction to a rich and varied media tradition.

“This collection of essays is the first of its kind in English … this volume offers well-researched, in-depth reflection on the subject of German television ranging from historical overview to case study and spanning the history of West and East Germany, the key relationship between film and television, and the transnational dimensions of programming, technology and audience.” · Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

Robert Shandley is Professor of German and Film Studies at Texas A&M University. His most recent books include Hogan's Heroes (TV Milestones Series, 2011) and Runaway Romances: Hollywood's Postwar Tour of Europe (2009).

Larson Powell is Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  His publications include the books The Technological Unconscious in Modern German Literature (2008) and a volume on post-1945 electronic media arts, The Differentiation of Modernism (2013).

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Contents 5
Figures and Tables 7
Introduction — German Television: Culture, Technology, or Cultural Technology? 9
Part I — Technical Prehistory and Theoretical Approaches 23
Chapter 1 — The Third Image: Contingencies and Ruptures in the Technological History of Television 25
Chapter 2 — Boredom, War, and Paradox: German Theories of Television 41
Part II — GDR Television 59
Chapter 3 — \"Just Like in the West, Except Different\": Television and Its Relationship to Film in the Context of 1950s GDR Development 61
Chapter 4 — Adventures in Stagnation: Gottfried Kolditz's Unfilmed Project Zimtpiraten 71
Part III — Television in the Federal Republic: Auteurist TV 93
Chapter 5 — \"A Challenge, Maybe the Greatest for a Filmmaker\": Televisual Perspectives on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Martha (1974) 95
Chapter 6 — Nah am Fern: Kluge TV 118
Part IV — Present and Future Perspectives 139
Chapter 7 — Television History in Germany: Media-Political and Media-Ethical Aspects 141
Chapter 8 — Germany as TV Show Import Market 163
Chapter 9 — Heritage, Heimat, and German Historical \"Event Television\": Nico Hofmann's teamWorx 183
Chapter 10 — Once Upon a Crime: Tatort, Germany's Longest Running Police Procedural 201
Bibliography 223
Index 240