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Author Fuchs, Anne.

Title Phantoms of war in contemporary German literature, films and discourse : the politics of memory / Anne Fuchs
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 254 pages)
Series New perspectives in German political studies
New perspectives in German political studies.
Contents Family narratives between vernacular and official memory -- Generational conflict and masculinity in Väterliteratur by Christoph Meckel, Uwe Timm, Dagmar Leupold and Ulla Hahn -- Family narratives and postmemory : Günter Grass's Im Krebsgang, Tanja Dücker's Himmelskörper and Marcel Beyer's Spione -- Heimat and territory in Thomas Medicus's In den Augen meines Großvaters and Stephan Wackwitz's Ein unsichtbares Land -- Narrating resistance to the Third Reich : museum discourse, autobiography, fiction and film -- Hitler youth autobiographies: Günter Grass's Beim Häuten der Zwiebel and Joachim Fest's Ich nicht -- Germany as a threshold culture
Summary Phantoms of War in Contemporary German Literature, Films and Discourse offers an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of fundamental shifts in German cultural memory. This paperback edition includes a new preface. Fifteen years after unification contemporary German discourse is witnessing an upsurge of family stories about the long afterlife of the National Socialist era. Exploring this rediscovery of family origins and traditions, Anne Fuchs examines and tests the fashionable concepts of generation and genealogy, developing an original theory of family narratives. Asking why the disturbance of tradition remains an agitated topic, she offers in-depth interpretations of major works by established and newer authors. Offering a provocative contribution to German identity debates, these literary explorations are set in dialogue with films and museum discourse
Review: 'An ambitious and theoretically well-grounded book that represents an important contribution to contemporary German studies. In approaching German literature and film from a transgenerational perspective, Fuchs considerably enriches our understanding.' -- Bill Niven, Professor of Contemporary German Studies, Nottingham Trent University, UK 'Offers perspectives on some of the most talked-about questions in German Studies today: transgenerational dialogue, postmemory, German wartime suffering, trauma, and the search for a viable German tradition. It is energetically written and will inspire colleagues and students alike.' Karen Leeder (New College Oxford) in Modern Language Review 'Anne Fuchs exemplifies German Studies ... at its best and is a welcome addition to the expansive field of cultural memory. This book contributes significantly to our understanding of the most recent cultural responses to Germany's Nazi past and the continuous shaping of contemporary German national identities." Christiane Schonfeld, (NUI, Galway) in Monatshefte Listed as a CHOICE Outstanding Title in 2009
Notes Previous edition: 2008. With a new foreword
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-247) and index
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Subject Collective memory in literature.
Collective memory -- Germany.
Discourse analysis -- Germany.
First person narrative -- History and criticism.
German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
German literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures -- Germany -- History.
Political culture -- Germany.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Literature and the war.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Motion pictures and the war.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0230291635 (electronic bk.)
9780230291638 (electronic bk.)