1st Edition

German Culture and the Uncomfortable Past
Representations of National Socialism in Contemporary Germanic Literature

ISBN 9781138272866
Published April 29, 2017 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Beginning with the question of the role of the past in the shaping of a contemporary identity, this volumes spans three generations of German and Austrian writers and explores changes and shifts in the aesthetics of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past). The purpose of the book is to assess contemporary German literary representations of National Socialism in a wider context of these current debates. The contributors address questions arising from a shift over the last decade, triggered by a generation change-questions of personal and national identity in Germany and Austria, and the aesthetics of memory. One of the central questions that emerges in relation to the Hitler youth generation is that of biography, as examined through Günter Grass' and Martin Walser's conflicting views on the subject of National Socialism. Other themes explored here are the conflict between the post-war generations and the contributions of that conflict to (West)-German mentality, and the growing historical distance and its influence on the aesthetics of representation.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Literary Portrayals of National Socialism in Post-Unification German Literature, Bill Niven; Views of History, Views of the State: Günter Grass and the German Past, Julian Preece; 'Deutsche Geschichte darf auch einmal gutgehen': Martin Walser, Auschwitz, and the 'German Question' from Ehen in Philippsburg to Ein springender Brunnen, Stuart Taberner; 'Das korsakowsche Syndrom': Remembrance and Responsibility in W.G. Sebald, Arthur Williams; 'Die Ungnade der späten Geburt?': the theme of national socialism in recent novels by Bernhard Schlink and Klaus Modick , Stuart Parkes; Elisabeth Reichart's Nachtmär -The enduring Nightmare of Austria in the 1990s, Juliet Wigmore; Soundscapes of the Third Reich - Marcel Beyer's Flughunde, Helmut Schmitz; Of Death, Kitsch and Melancholia: Aimée und Jaguar: ’Eine Liebesgeschichte, Berlin 1943’ or ’Eine Liebe größer als der Tod’? Anna M. Parkinson; Journey to an unknown destination: Gudrun Pausewang's Transgressive Teenage Novel Reise im August, Susan Tebbutt; Notes on Contributors.

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