The Language of Silence : West German Literature and the Holocaust

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The Language of Silence : West German Literature and the Holocaust

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 277 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415922197
  • DDC分類 830.9358

基本説明

Focusing on individual authors from Heinrich Böll to Günther Grass, Hermann Lenz to Peter Schneider, it offers an analysis of West German literature as it tries to come to terms with the Holocaust and its impact on postwar West German society.

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Focusing on individual authors from Heinrich Boll to Gunther Grass, Hermann Lenz to Peter Schneider, The Language of Silence offers an analysis of West German literature as it tries to come to terms with the Holocaust and its impact on postwar West German society. Exploring postwar literature as the barometer of Germany's unconsciously held values as well as of its professed conscience, Ernestine Schlant demonstrates that the confrontation with the Holocaust has shifted over the decades from repression, circumvention, and omission to an open acknowledgement of the crimes. Yet even today a 'language of silence' remains since the victims and their suffering are still overlooked and ignored. Learned and exacting, Schlant's study makes an important contribution to our understanding of postwar German culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction 1 (20)
The First Postwar Decade 21 (30)
Heinrich Boll
Wolfgang Koeppen
Documentary Literature 51 (29)
Alexander Kluge
Gunter Grass
Autobiographical Novels 80 (19)
Generational Discord
Autobiographical Novels 99 (24)
Hanns-Josef Ortheil
The War on the Eastern Front 123(26)
Hermann Lenz
Ruptures and Displacements 149(17)
Gert Hofmann
Restitution of Personal Identity? 166(22)
Alfred Andersch
Peter Hartling
Gert Hofmann
Speeches and Controversies 188(21)
Post-Unification 209(26)
Bernhard Schlink
Peter Schneider
W. G. Sebald
Conclusion 235(10)
Notes 245(17)
Selected Bibliography 262(11)
Index 273