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The Unknown European Anthem, or What One Schlager Can Teach Us About Political and Poetic Frontiers Between Cultures

Abstract : Analyzing the example of a four decades phantasmagoric round-the-world peregrination of one German Schlager of 1974 (“Griechischer Wein”, U. Jürgens, M. Kunze), the article aims to explore the phenomenon of inextricable interconnection between language, art and society in cultural development. The study shows how the boundaries of national cultures are fuzzy, as for the peoples whose common historical, territorial or ethnic backgrounds (particularly in Europe) make them not only to continuously reconsider geopolitical frontiers between their countries but especially to constantly reshape the representational ones. The role of artistic phenomena, such as songs, is emphasized. On the one hand, they reflect the process of such a representational revision (for example, those related to the migration issues, as in the case of “Griechischer Wein”). On the other hand, they often convey ideas and ideologies, thus, producing an important impact over social and even national mentality. At the same time, while being transfered to another relatively far cultural ground, in absence of similar anthropological concerns, these cultural-artistic products operate with a quite different range of values common to all mankind rather than specifically relevant to the current situation in a particular society.
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Evelina Deyneka. The Unknown European Anthem, or What One Schlager Can Teach Us About Political and Poetic Frontiers Between Cultures. humanistica 21, Uczelnia Lingwistyczno-Techniczna w Świeciu, 2017, Przekraczanie granic w języku, literaturze i kulturze, 1, pp.299-323. ⟨hal-03089144⟩



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