Refractions of the Third Reich in German and Austrian Fiction and Film

Hardcover | February 22, 2007

byChloe Paver

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Six decades after the defeat of National Socialism, commemoration and mourning are ongoing, open-ended projects in Germany and Austria, and continue to generate a steady stream of literature and film about the Nazi past that, while comparatively modest in volume, is often disproportionatelyinfluential in public debates. At the same time, new museums and memorials are being established all the time in what Andreas Huyssen has called a 'memory boom', while what is remembered and how it is remembered is subject to continuous change. Scholars have to keep pace with each new development inthis culture of commemoration. Rather than add to the growing body of surveys of literature and film about the Third Reich, this study instead puts scholars' critical approaches under the microscope. Chloe Paver considers how far the object of the study is not just analysed but also constructed bythe scholar's approach and identifies the criteria by which academics judge the values of works that deal with the Third Reich.This book brings aspects of film, fiction, and memorial culture together in a single study that pays as much attention to images (and in the case of film to sound) as it does to text. The study of film, historical exhibitions, and sites of memory also demands consideration of social contexts andpractices. A case study of memory at two of Austria's sites of terror demonstrates the methods used in the study of memorials and museums and considers the ways in which memory attaches itself to place.

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Six decades after the defeat of National Socialism, commemoration and mourning are ongoing, open-ended projects in Germany and Austria, and continue to generate a steady stream of literature and film about the Nazi past that, while comparatively modest in volume, is often disproportionatelyinfluential in public debates. At the same tim...

Chloe Paver is Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:February 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Beyond celebration: Michael Verhoeven's iDas schreckliche Madchen/i2. Generation and nation: Peter Schneider's iVati/i and Bernhard Schlink's iDer Vorleser/i3. Documentary and gender: Helga Schubert's iJudasfrauen/i, Helke Sander's iBeFreier und Befreite/i, and Ruth Beckermann's iJenseits des Krieges/i4. Sound effects and language barriers: Marcel Beyer's iFlughunde/i, Michel Tournier's iLe Roi des Aulnes/i, and Volker Schlondorff's iDer Unhold/i5. Memorial landscapes: Mauthausen, Ebensee, and Christoph Ransmayr's iMorbus Kitahara/iConclusionFurther reading and viewing