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The Representation of War in German Literature
From 1800 to the Present

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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521198028

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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, Jünger, Remarque, Grass, Böll, 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.

    • Explores in new ways the complex relationship between war and literature
    • Traces the work of major German writers on war over the past two hundred years
    • Offers a theoretical framework for the issues involved in creating literature out of war
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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521198028
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
    3. The First World War
    4. The Second World War
    5. Yugoslavia and Iraq
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Elisabeth Krimmer, University of California, Davis
    Elisabeth Krimmer is Associate Professor in the Department of German and Russian at the University of California, Davis.

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