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Beyond No Future

Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk

by Mirko M. Hall

Mirko M. Hall is Associate Professor of German Studies and Chair of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures at Converse College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, Seth Howes

Seth Howes is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Missouri, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Cyrus M. Shahan

Cyrus M. Shahan is Assistant Professor of German at Colby College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501314094
  • ISBN:
    978-1-5013-1408-7 (hardback)

    978-1-5013-1411-7 (epdf)

    978-1-5013-1410-0 (epub)

    978-1-5013-1409-4 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
  • Published Online:
    2017
Beyond No Future
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The first book of its kind in English, Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk explores the texts and contexts of German punk cultures. Notwithstanding its “no future” sloganeering, punk has had a rich and complex life in German art and letters, in German urban landscapes, and in German youth culture. Beyond No Future collects innovative, methodologically diverse scholarly contributions on the life and legacy of these cultures. Focusing on punk politics and aesthetics in order to ask broader questions about German nationhood(s) in a period of rapid transition, this text offers a unique view of the decade bookended by the “German Autumn” and German unification.

Consulting sources both published and unpublished, aesthetic and archival, Beyond No Future’s contributors examine German punk’s representational strategies, anti-historical consciousness, and refusal of programmatic intervention into contemporary political debates. Taken together, these essays demonstrate the importance of punk culture to historical, political, economic, and cultural developments taking place both in Germany and on a broader transnational scale.