Screening War: Perspectives on German Suffering

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Paul Cooke, Marc Silberman
Camden House, 2010 - 304 oldal
The recent "discovery" of German wartime suffering has had a particularly profound impact in German visual culture. Films from Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse (2003) to Oliver Hirschbiegel's Oscar-nominated Downfall (2004) and the two-part television mini-series Dresden (2006) have explored how ordinary Germans suffered during and after the war. Such films have been presented by critics as treating a topic that had been taboo for German filmmakers. However, the representation of wartime suffering has a long tradition on the German screen. For decades, filmmakers have recontextualized images of Germans as victims to engage shifting social and ideological discourses. By focusing on this process, the present volume explores how the changing representation of Germans as victims has shaped the ways in which both of the postwar German states and the now-unified nation have attempted to face the trauma of the past and to construct a contemporary place for themselves in the world. Contributors: Seán Allan, Tim Bergfelder, Daniela Berghahn, Erica Carter, David Clarke, John E. Davidson, Sabine Hake, Jennifer Kapczynski, Manuel Köppen, Rachel Palfreyman, Brad Prager, Johannes von Moltke. Paul Cooke is Professor of German Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and Marc Silberman is Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin.
 

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Armchair Warriors Heroic Postures in
17
German Martyrs Images of Christianity and Resistance
36
The Rhetoric of Victim Narratives in West German Films
56
Sissi the Terrible Melodrama Victimhood
81
Political Affects Antifascism and the Second World War
102
Shadowlands The Memory of the Ostgebiete
123
Links and Chains Trauma between the Generations in
145
Resistance of the Heart Female Suffering and Victimhood
165
Suffering and Sympathy in Volker Schlöndorffs
187
Eberhard Fechners History of Suffering TV Talk
209
The Politics of Feeling Alexander Kluge on War Film
230
Postunification GermanJewish Relations and
251
Works Cited
267
Notes on the Contributors
287
Index of Film Titles
293
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Paul Cooke is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Leeds.

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