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New Perspectives in German Political Studies

Phantoms of War in Contemporary German Literature, Films and Discourse

The Politics of Memory

Authors: Fuchs, A.

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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. Focusing on the resurgence of family stories in fiction, autobiography and in film, this study challenges the institutional boundaries of Germany's memory culture that have guided and arguably limited German identity debates. Essays on contemporary German literature are complemented by explorations of heritage films and museum discourse. Together these essays put forward a compelling theory of family narratives and a critical evaluation of generational discourse.

About the authors

ANNE FUCHS is Professor of Modern German Literature and Culture at University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland. She is author of Die Schmerzensspuren der Geschichte: Zur Poetik der Erinnerung in W. G. Sebalds Prosa (2004) and co-editor (with Mary Cosgrove and Georg Grote) of German Memory Contests (2006).

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'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 Schönfeld, (NUI, Galway) in Monatshefte

Listed as a CHOICE Outstanding Title in 2009


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Family Narratives Between Vernacular and Official Memory

    Pages 1-19

    Fuchs, Anne

  • Generational Conflict and Masculinity in Väterliteratur by Christoph Meckel, Uwe Timm, Dagmar Leupold and Ulla Hahn

    Pages 20-44

    Fuchs, Anne

  • Family Narratives and Postmemory: Günter Grass’s Im Krebsgang, Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper and Marcel Beyer’s Spione

    Pages 45-76

    Fuchs, Anne

  • Heimat and Territory in Thomas Medicus’s In den Augen meines Großvaters and Stephan Wackwitz’s Ein unsichtbares Land

    Pages 77-108

    Fuchs, Anne

  • Narrating Resistance to the Third Reich: Museum Discourse, Autobiography, Fiction and Film

    Pages 109-160

    Fuchs, Anne

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Phantoms of War in Contemporary German Literature, Films and Discourse
Book Subtitle
The Politics of Memory
Authors
Series Title
New Perspectives in German Political Studies
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-58972-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230589728
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-55405-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-27965-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 254
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