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 VergangenheitsbewÃ¤ltigung (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 GÃ¼nter 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.
Contents: Introduction; Literary Portrayals of National Socialism in Post-Unification German Literature, Bill Niven; Views of History, Views of the State:Â GÃ¼nter Grass and the German Past, Julian Preece; 'Deutsche Geschichte darf auch einmal gutgehen':Â Martin Walser, Auschwitz, and the 'German Question' from Ehen in Philippsburg to Ein springender Brunnen, Stuart Taberner; 'Das korsakowsche Syndrom':Â Remembrance and Responsibility in W.G. Sebald, Arthur Williams; 'Die Ungnade der spÃ¤ten Geburt?': the theme of national socialism in recent novels by Bernhard Schlink and Klaus Modick , Stuart Parkes; Elisabeth Reichart's NachtmÃ¤r -The enduring Nightmare of Austria in the 1990s, Juliet Wigmore; Soundscapes of the Third Reich -Â Marcel Beyer's Flughunde, Helmut Schmitz; Of Death, Kitsch and Melancholia: Aimée und Jaguar: ’Eine Liebesgeschichte, Berlin 1943’ or ’Eine Liebe grÃ¶ÃŸer als der Tod’? Anna M. Parkinson; Journey to an unknown destination:Â Gudrun Pausewang's Transgressive Teenage Novel Reise im August, Susan Tebbutt; Notes on Contributors.