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

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

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

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, Boll, 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.

About the Author

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

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Book Info

Publication date

10th July 2014

Author

Elisabeth Krimmer

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
278 pages

Categories

Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Literary studies: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9781107425477

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