The Long Shadow of the Past

The Long Shadow of the Past

Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture

Katya Krylova

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Overview

Overview

Examines key contemporary Austrian literary texts, films, and memorials that treat Nazism and the Holocaust for what they reveal about the country's contemporary politics of memory.

The process of coming to terms with its National Socialist past has been a long and difficult one in Austria. It is only over the past thirty years that the country's view of its role during the Third Reich has shifted decisively from that of victimhood to complicity, prompted by the Waldheim affair of 1986-1988. Austria's writers, filmmakers, and artists have been at the center of this process, holding up a mirror to the country's present and drawing attention to a still disturbing past.
Katya Krylova's book undertakes close readings of key contemporary Austrian literary texts, films, and memorials that treat the legacy of Nazism and the Holocaust. The analysis focuses on texts by Robert Schindel, Elfriede Jelinek, and Anna Mitgutsch, documentary films by Ruth Beckermann and by Margareta Heinrich and Eduard Erne, as well as recent memorial projects in Vienna, examining what these reveal about the evolving memory culture in contemporary Austria. Aimed at a broad readership, the book will be a key reference point for university teachers, undergraduates, and postgraduates engaged in scholarship on contemporary Austrian literature, film, and visual culture, and for general readers interested in confrontations with the National Socialist past in the Austrian context.

KATYA KRYLOVA is Lecturer in German, Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, UK. The Long Shadow of the Past is her second book.

Details

15 black and white illustrations
214 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
Hardback, 9781571139399, June 2017
eBook, 9781787440456, June 2017
Camden House
BIC DSBH, 1DFA, 2AB
BISAC LIT004170, PER004030, HIS040000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Confrontations with the Past
Melancholy Journeys to the Past: The Films of Ruth Beckermann
Reconstructing a Home: Nostalgia in Anna Mitgutsch's Haus der Kindheit
Silencing the Past: Margarete Heinrich's and Eduard Erne's Totschweigen and Elfriede Jelinek's Rechnitz (Der Wurgeengel)
Historicizing the Waldheim Affair: Robert Schindel's Der Kalte
Missing Images: Memorials and Memorial Projects in Contemporary Vienna
Conclusion: Living with Shadows
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

Krylova has produced a timely, informative, engaging, and well-written treatise on Austria's ongoing memory struggles. [It] would be informative and digestible reading for students in a course on the topic, and should be of interest to all scholars concerned with how Austria and other nations confront the long shadow of the past. GERMAN QUARTERLY [Sharon Weiner]

Krylova's book is a timely and welcome addition to various fields of study, among them, memory studies, Holocaust studies and Austrian cultural studies. Krylova's analyses demonstrate what happens when trauma and repressed national history continue unresolved. THE INDEPENDENT SCHOLAR [Nicole Calian]

This is a well-considered study of Austrian Holocaust denial and the ways in which film, literature, and memorial images have led the nation toward a complete understanding of its share of guilt in the events of WW II. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. CHOICE

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