European Memories: of the Second World War

European Memories: of the Second World War

by Helmut Peitsch, Charles Burdett, Claire Gorrara
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571819363

ISBN-13: 9781571819369

Pub. Date: 02/01/1999

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

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

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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:
02/01/1999
Pages:
350
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Studying European Literary Memories
IThe German Soldier's Memory
1Private and Public Filters: Memories of War in Heinrich Boll's Fiction and Nonfiction2
IIThe Resistance Memory
2Ordinary Heroines: Resistance and Romance in the War Fiction of Elsa Triolet12
3'This Book Does Not Want to Be a Work of Art. This Book Is Truth.' The Diaries of Ruth Andreas-Friedrich23
4A Woman's Perspective: Autobiography and History in Giovanna Zangrandi's Resistance Narratives35
5Vercors - 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 Hermlin55
7War, Civil War and the Problem of Violence in Calvino and Pavese67
8Imagining Losers in Bufalino's Diceria dell'untore78
IIIThe Fascist's Memory
9Memory and Chronicle: Louis-Ferdinand Celine and the D'un chateau l'autre Trilogy88
10Portrait of the Poet as a Dead Man. Ernst Junger's Writing in the Second World War: Strahlungen99
11Changing Identities Through Memory: Malaparte's Self-figurations in Kaputt110
IVThe Victim's Memory
12Reviewing Memory: Wiesel, Testimony and Self-reading122
13Primo Levi. The Duty of Memory131
14La Douleur: Duras, Amnesia and Desire141
15Myth, Memory, Testimony, Jewishness in Grete Weil's Meine Schwester Antigone149
VThe Media of Memory: May 1968 and Cinema
16L'Armee des ombres and Le Chagrin et la pitie: Reconfigurations of Law, Legalities and the State in Post-1968 France160
17Alexander Kluge: Germany - An Experience of Words and Images175
18Fascism and Anti-fascism Reviewed: Generations, History and Film in Italy after 1968185
VIWomen's Writing and the Quest for the Father
19Remembering the Collaborating Father in Marie Chaix's Les Lauriers du lac de Constance and Evelyne Le Garrec's La Rive allemande de ma memoire202
20Seeing the Father: Memory and Identity Construction in Elisabeth Plessen's Mitteilung an den Adel211
21Intimations of Patriarchy: Memories of Wartime Japan in Dacia Maraini's Bagheria220
VIIA Child's Memory
22A Child in Time: Patrick Modiano and the Memory of the Occupation230
23Childhood Memory and Moral Responsibility: Christa Wolf's Kindheitsmuster238
24Strategies for Remembering: Auschwitz, Mother and Writing in Edith Bruck247
VIIIAfter the Cold War: European Literature and the Politics of Memory
25Trauma and Absence258
26Nonrational Discourse in a Work of Reason: Peter Weiss's Anti-fascist Novel Die Asthetik des Widerstands272
27Fifty Years On: German Children of the War Remember281
28Memories of Resistance, Resistances of Memory288
Notes on Contributors297
Bibliography302
Index326

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