After the Dresden Bombing: Pathways of Memory, 1945 to the Present

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byAnne Fuchs

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Anne Fuchs traces the aftermath of the Dresden bombing in the collective imagination from 1945 to today. As a case study of an event that gained local, national and global iconicity,the bookinvestigates the role of photography, fine art, architecture, literature and film in dialogue with the changing German socio-political landscape.

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Anne Fuchs traces the aftermath of the Dresden bombing in the collective imagination from 1945 to today. As a case study of an event that gained local, national and global iconicity,the bookinvestigates the role of photography, fine art, architecture, literature and film in dialogue with the changing German socio-political landscape.

ANNE FUCHS is Professor of German at the University of St Andrews, UK. Prior to 2011 she was professor of Modern German Literature and Culture at University College Dublin, Ireland,foreighteen years, where she also directed a five-year research program on "German Memory Contests since 1945" under the auspices of the UCD Humanities Ins...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.66 × 5.65 × 0.94 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230285813

ISBN - 13:9780230285811

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: The Destruction of Dresden and the Excess of the Real
Visual Mediations: Dresden in Postwar Photography and Fine Art
Architectural Interventions I: West and East German Postwar Debates
Architectural Interventions II: Dresden's Altmarkt and the Topology of Power
Literary Voices I: The Built Environment and Memoryscapes in Brigitte Reimann and Uwe Tellkamp
Literary Voices II: War Memories in Kurt Vonnegut, Heinz Czechowski and Durs Grünbein
Filmic Representations: Documenting Resentment, Grief and Forgiveness
Conclusion
Endnotes
Works Cited
Index

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"In this far-reaching, provocative and always illuminating book, Anne Fuchs explores how representations of Allied bombing made Dresden into a global icon that was at once tendentious and exhortative. 'Dresden 1945' resisted both political reflection by suppressing human agency and ideological instrumentalization by producing excessive nostalgia. Fuchs' great contribution is to show how the terrible destruction of World War II created the compelling effects of 'the aftermath of history' in our time." - Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois"In this fascinating book, two things come together in a rare combination: an exemplary historical site with the weight of global iconicity and a paradigmatic case study that in its broad range of perspectives and approaches sets new standards for cultural memory studies." - Aleida Assmann, University of Constance, Germany"Anne Fuchs has produced a book of great sensitivity on the cultural memory of the destruction of Dresden. She traces those cultural templates that were used, reused, modified and replaced in an attempt to come to terms with an event which, ultimately, eluded representation or containment. Her interdisciplinary study provides an original, insightful and poignant narratology of traumatic memory." - Bill Niven, Nottingham Trent University, UK