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Title:Memory and Destruction: A Psychiatric Approach to Understanding Literary Depictions of Air Raids in World War II
Author(s):Vees-Gulani, Susanne Heike
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Blake, Nancy; Palencia-Roth, Michael
Department / Program:Comparative Literature
Discipline:Comparative Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Germanic
Abstract:It is in the context of these psychiatric and political issues that this dissertation explores the bombing literature and their authors. Contrary to Sebald's assertions, the air raids have indeed been a topic of German literature and several narratives are discussed in the thesis (Nossack, Borchert, Ledig, Kluge, Kempowski, Forte). In addition, German-Jewish accounts of the bombings (Kemperer, Biermann), displaying the mixed view of them as both horror and signs of freedom, reveal the complexity of the issue. Interestingly, some of the best literature about the air raids comes from non-German authors (Vonnegut, Mulisch, Coulonges), who offer artistically and intellectually challenging texts, exploring both German guilt and psychological trauma. This dissertation offers new insight into an important period of German history and literature, and provides new pathways for exploring war and trauma literature in general.
Issue Date:2001
Description:279 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3030486
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2001

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