By Christine Anton, Frank Pilipp
The articles assembled during this publication talk about very important questions on German society and the very concept of what being German capability within the age of globalization and the vanishing of geographical regions in a continually strengthening eu Union; the query approximately what's German tradition in a postmodern period; and the way the earlier impacts and shapes the current and way forward for hybrid German generations. considering not just nationwide but in addition transnational and up to date worldwide advancements and concomitant serious debates, this booklet maintains to have interaction within the discourses of rethinking German nationwide id, exploring socio-cultural, literary and cinematic responses by way of German, German Jewish, and different minority authors and filmmakers. those essays concentration really on traits because the flip of the millennium, and discover how those tendencies and their new advancements are represented and interpreted throughout the eyes of alternative media. past Political Correctness: Remapping German Sensibilities within the twenty first Century will attract readers with a wide selection of educational pursuits, together with cultural background, movie reports and modern German literature, German-Jewish and Minority literature.
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29 If for Sebald, technological warfare, ‘Krieg in seiner unverhohlenen Form’ (LL 27), is just as much a signature of modernity as the Holocaust, his disappointment with the available literary, historiographical and local historical material attains another dimension if placed next to his unequivocal approval of writings by Auschwitz survivors such as Primo Levi and Jean Améry and of Peter Weiss, all History, Trauma and Mourning in Sebald and Friedrich 33 of whom feature centrally in Sebald’s literary universe.
Consequently, ‘was das in Wahrheit bedeutet, wissen wir nicht’ (N 5). 35 Sebald’s categorical dismissal of the writers has to be read in conjunction with his judgment of German writers’ attempts at a literary appropriation of the Holocaust. ), in denen pauschale und lyrische Gesten 34 Helmut Schmitz ein genaueres Verständnis der entsetzlichen Vorgänge oft unterbinden’ (N 150). 36 Sebald’s critique of German culture’s inability to capture the dimensions of the horrors of the destruction more precisely is based on his dismissal of its attempts to inscribe these horrors into a meaningful narrative of reconstruction: ‘Nicht als das grauenvolle Ende einer kollektiven Aberration erscheint also diese totale Zerstörung, sondern, sozusagen, als die erste Stufe des Wiederaufbaus’ (LL 14).
Zur Einzigartigkeit eines historischen Geschehens’, lettre international, 35 (1996), 23-7 (here: p. 27). 43 Jörg Friedrich, Der Brand. Deutschland im Bombenkrieg 1940-1945, Munich: Propyläen, 2002. Quotes are taken from the paperback edition: Munich: List, 2004. All references as: B. 44 See for example Robert G. Moeller, ‘On the History of Man-Made Destruction. Loss, Death, Memory and Germany in the Bombing War’, History Workshop Journal, 61 (2001), 103-34. 45 Brad Prager, ‘A Collection of Damages: Critiquing the Violence of the Air War’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 3 (2005), 308-19 (here: p.