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The Representation of War in German Literature : From 1800 to the Present - Elisabeth Krimmer

The Representation of War in German Literature

From 1800 to the Present

Hardcover Published: 26th July 2010
ISBN: 9780521198028
Number Of Pages: 278

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The history of literature about war is marked by a fundamental paradox: although war forms the subject of countless novels, dramas, poems, and films, it is often conceived as indescribable. Even as many writers strive towards an ideal of authenticity, they maintain that no representation can do justice to the terror and violence of war. Readings of Schiller, Kleist, Junger, Remarque, Grass, Boell, Handke, and Jelinek reveal that stylistic and aesthetic features, gender discourses, and concepts of agency and victimization can all undermine a text's martial stance or its ostensible pacifist agenda. Spanning the period from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars to the recent wars in Yugoslavia and Iraq, this book investigates the aesthetic, theoretical, and historical challenges that confront writers of war.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: overviewp. 19
War and the sublime: Schillerp. 27
War and terror: Kleistp. 46
The First World War
The First World War: overviewp. 65
War and myth: Jüngerp. 71
War and the body: Remarquep. 88
The Second World War
The Second World War: overviewp. 107
War and victimization: Böllp. 114
War and accountability: Grassp. 133
Yugoslavia and Iraq
Yugoslavia and Iraq: overviewp. 151
War and peace: Handkep. 155
War and the media: Jelinekp. 175
Conclusionp. 197
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 262
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ISBN: 9780521198028
ISBN-10: 052119802X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 26th July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.59