European Memories: of the Second World War

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During the fifty years since the end of hostilities, European literary memories of the war have undergone considerable change, influenced by the personal experiences of writers as well as changing political, social, and cultural factors. This volume examines changing ways of remembering the war in the literatures of France, Germany, and Italy; changes in the subject of memory, and in the relations between fiction, autobiography, and documentary, with the focus being on the extent to which shared European memories of the war have been constructed.

After having received his PhD and Habilitation from the Free University Berlin, Helmut Peitsch moved to Britain, where he held a number of academic positions. Since 1994, he has been Professor of European Studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff;

Charles Burdett received his PhD from the University of Oxford and was appointed Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff;

Claire Gorrara received her PhD from the University of Oxford and in 1994 was appointed Lecturer in French at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571819369
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Pages: 350
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Studying European Literary Memories
I The German Soldier's Memory
1 Private and Public Filters: Memories of War in Heinrich Boll's Fiction and Nonfiction 2
II The Resistance Memory
2 Ordinary Heroines: Resistance and Romance in the War Fiction of Elsa Triolet 12
3 'This Book Does Not Want to Be a Work of Art. This Book Is Truth.' The Diaries of Ruth Andreas-Friedrich 23
4 A Woman's Perspective: Autobiography and History in Giovanna Zangrandi's Resistance Narratives 35
5 Vercors - Writing the Unspeakable: From Le Silence de la mer (1942) to La Puissance du jour (1951) 46
6 'A History Full of Holes'? France and the French Resistance in the Work of Stephan Hermlin 55
7 War, Civil War and the Problem of Violence in Calvino and Pavese 67
8 Imagining Losers in Bufalino's Diceria dell'untore 78
III The Fascist's Memory
9 Memory and Chronicle: Louis-Ferdinand Celine and the D'un chateau l'autre Trilogy 88
10 Portrait of the Poet as a Dead Man. Ernst Junger's Writing in the Second World War: Strahlungen 99
11 Changing Identities Through Memory: Malaparte's Self-figurations in Kaputt 110
IV The Victim's Memory
12 Reviewing Memory: Wiesel, Testimony and Self-reading 122
13 Primo Levi. The Duty of Memory 131
14 La Douleur: Duras, Amnesia and Desire 141
15 Myth, Memory, Testimony, Jewishness in Grete Weil's Meine Schwester Antigone 149
V The Media of Memory: May 1968 and Cinema
16 L'Armee des ombres and Le Chagrin et la pitie: Reconfigurations of Law, Legalities and the State in Post-1968 France 160
17 Alexander Kluge: Germany - An Experience of Words and Images 175
18 Fascism and Anti-fascism Reviewed: Generations, History and Film in Italy after 1968 185
VI Women's Writing and the Quest for the Father
19 Remembering the Collaborating Father in Marie Chaix's Les Lauriers du lac de Constance and Evelyne Le Garrec's La Rive allemande de ma memoire 202
20 Seeing the Father: Memory and Identity Construction in Elisabeth Plessen's Mitteilung an den Adel 211
21 Intimations of Patriarchy: Memories of Wartime Japan in Dacia Maraini's Bagheria 220
VII A Child's Memory
22 A Child in Time: Patrick Modiano and the Memory of the Occupation 230
23 Childhood Memory and Moral Responsibility: Christa Wolf's Kindheitsmuster 238
24 Strategies for Remembering: Auschwitz, Mother and Writing in Edith Bruck 247
VIII After the Cold War: European Literature and the Politics of Memory
25 Trauma and Absence 258
26 Nonrational Discourse in a Work of Reason: Peter Weiss's Anti-fascist Novel Die Asthetik des Widerstands 272
27 Fifty Years On: German Children of the War Remember 281
28 Memories of Resistance, Resistances of Memory 288
Notes on Contributors 297
Bibliography 302
Index 326
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