Edinburgh German Yearbook 9

November 2015
14 black and white illustrations
218 pages
9x6 in
Edinburgh German Yearbook
ISBN: 9781571139238
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004170, ART057000, HIS016000

Edinburgh German Yearbook 9

Archive and Memory in German Literature and Visual Culture

Edited by Dora Osborne

Explores the changing relationship between memory and the archive in German-language literature and culture since 1945.

In recent years, the discourse of memory - and of German memory culture in particular - has become increasingly concerned with questions of the archive. An archive can refer to a physical place, the material found there, or the system that orders this material; in its broadest sense, it might refer to something public (records housed in a municipal building), or something private (photographs in a family album). The material and documentary qualities of the archive confer on it an authenticating function attributed only cautiously to memory, but theories of the archive have questioned the status of material, documentary vestiges of the past. Memory and the archive are inextricably linked, but how does this affect the mediation of the past? This volume explores the changing relationship between memory and the archive in German-language literature and culture since 1945. Contributions approach this topic from a range of perspectives (film, visual culture, urban culture, digital technology, as well as literature) and offer illuminating studies of Harun Farocki, Anselm Kiefer, Thomas Demand, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jürgen Fuchs, Stefan Wolter, and Sasa Stanisic.

Contributors: Priyanka Basu, Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Regine Criser, Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Diana Hitzke and Charlton Payne, Caitríona Leahy, Dora Osborne, Annie Ring, Lizzie Stewart, Simon Ward.

Dora Osborne is Lecturer in German at Durham University.

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Table of Contents

Between Preservation and Destruction: Bernd and Hilla Becher's Archive of "Anonymous Sculpture"
Janos Frecot, Photographic Archives, and the Zero Hours of Berlin
Saving the Present: Anselm Kiefer as Self-Archivist
Thomas Demand's Nationalgalerie: Reconstructing a German Archive
Turkish-German Comedy Goes Archival: Alamanya-Willkommen in Deutschland (2011)
Echoes from the Archive: Retrieving and Re-viewing Cinematic Remnants of the Nazi Past
Harun Farocki's Critical Film Archive
Preserving the Self: Constructs of Memory and Biography in the Works of Jürgen Fuchs
Disruptions of the Archive: Renegotiating German History in Autobiographical Fiction after 1989
Verbalizing Silence and Sorting Garbage: Archiving Experiences of Displacement in Recent Post-Yugoslav Fictions of Migration by Sasa Stanisic and Adriana Altaras

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