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Childness and the Writing of the German Past : Tropes of Childhood in Contemporary German Literature

By: Maguire, Nora.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2014Description: 1 online resource (200 p.).ISBN: 9783035305647.Subject(s): German literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism | German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | German literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Childness and the Writing of the German Past : Tropes of Childhood in Contemporary German LiteratureDDC classification: 808.59 LOC classification: PT285 .M384 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: Childness and the Discursive Landscapes of the 'New' Federal Republic; Part I Progress and Exculpation; Chapter 1 The Tabula Rasa and the Innocent Eye in Dieter Forte's Der Junge mit den blutigen Schuhen; Chapter 2 Childness and the 'New Right': Martin Walser's Ein springender Brunnen; Part II The Fascination of Innocence: Desire, Death and the Adult Gaze; Chapter 3 The Violence of Innocence in Marcel Beyer's Flughunde; Chapter 4 'Enchanted Hunters': Paedophilic Motifs in the Work of W.G. Sebald
Chapter 5 Innocence, Death and Sebald's Structures of MourningPart III Childness and the Literary Construction of Memory; Chapter 6 Intimations of Mortality: Childhood Memory and the Child's Perspective in Sebald's 'Il ri; Chapter 7 The Dream of Wholeness: Childness, Memory and Subjectivity in Austerlitz; Conclusion: Childness and the Poetics of Persuasion; Bibliography; Index
Summary: This book examines the depiction of childhood and the Nazi German past in post-1989 German literature. Focusing on the work of W.G. Sebald, Marcel Beyer, Martin Walser and Dieter Forte, the study analyses how these authors employ tropes and myths of childhood in their engagements with Germany''s National Socialist past, including the remembrance and representation of the Holocaust, German suffering and trauma, and the National Socialist ''everyday''. Their works are thus read as points of contact between the politics of the German past and the cultural construction of childhood. The term ''childness'' is here modified and developed to establish a new theoretical frame of reference for literary childhood. The encounter between the adult reader and the fictional child is understood as one marked by complex and intense forms of desire, conducive to revision, mourning, nostalgia and defamiliarization. Through this framework, the study casts new light on the fictional child as a focal point of ideology and desire.
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Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: Childness and the Discursive Landscapes of the 'New' Federal Republic; Part I Progress and Exculpation; Chapter 1 The Tabula Rasa and the Innocent Eye in Dieter Forte's Der Junge mit den blutigen Schuhen; Chapter 2 Childness and the 'New Right': Martin Walser's Ein springender Brunnen; Part II The Fascination of Innocence: Desire, Death and the Adult Gaze; Chapter 3 The Violence of Innocence in Marcel Beyer's Flughunde; Chapter 4 'Enchanted Hunters': Paedophilic Motifs in the Work of W.G. Sebald

Chapter 5 Innocence, Death and Sebald's Structures of MourningPart III Childness and the Literary Construction of Memory; Chapter 6 Intimations of Mortality: Childhood Memory and the Child's Perspective in Sebald's 'Il ri; Chapter 7 The Dream of Wholeness: Childness, Memory and Subjectivity in Austerlitz; Conclusion: Childness and the Poetics of Persuasion; Bibliography; Index

This book examines the depiction of childhood and the Nazi German past in post-1989 German literature. Focusing on the work of W.G. Sebald, Marcel Beyer, Martin Walser and Dieter Forte, the study analyses how these authors employ tropes and myths of childhood in their engagements with Germany''s National Socialist past, including the remembrance and representation of the Holocaust, German suffering and trauma, and the National Socialist ''everyday''. Their works are thus read as points of contact between the politics of the German past and the cultural construction of childhood. The term ''childness'' is here modified and developed to establish a new theoretical frame of reference for literary childhood. The encounter between the adult reader and the fictional child is understood as one marked by complex and intense forms of desire, conducive to revision, mourning, nostalgia and defamiliarization. Through this framework, the study casts new light on the fictional child as a focal point of ideology and desire.

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Nora Maguire is Assistant Professor in Germanic Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She completed her PhD in 2011.

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