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The Language of Silence: West German Literature and the Holocaust

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Synopsis:

Focussing on individual authors from Heinrich Boll to G3~nther 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

  1. The first postwar decade /Heinrich Boll,Wolfgang Koeppen
  2. Documentary literature /Alexander Kluge,Gunter Grass
  3. Autobiographical novels /generational discord
  4. Autobiographical novels /Hanns-Josef Ortheil
  5. The war on the Eastern front /Hermann Lenz
  6. Ruptures and displacements /Gert Hofmann
  7. Restitutionof personal identity? /Alfred Andersch,Peter Hurtling,Gert Hofmann
  8. Speeches and controversies
  9. Post-unification /Bernhard Schlink,Peter Schneider,W.G. Sebald.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415922203
Author:
Schlant, Ernestine
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Schlant Ernesti
Location:
New York :
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
German literature
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945), in literature
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
German literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.99x6.04x.81 in. 1.04 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Routledge - English 9780415922203 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Focussing on individual authors from Heinrich Boll to G3~nther 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.

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