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Part 3 Marginal Voices Susanne Rinner Transnational Memories: 1968 in Recent German Fiction Whilst 1968 symbolises the height of the student movement in West Germany, this movement was not restricted to the West and it did not occur in isolation. Rather, it interacted with other protest movements around the world, transforming the West-German student movement into an international event. These movements ultimately transcended national boundaries and conventional East–West and North–South divisions and formed a transnational sphere. This transnational sphere continues to shape the cultural memory of these events that emerges in the 1990s. Some recent historiographical research examines the international and transnational dimensions of 1968 and its memory. Gerard J. DeGroot provides a comparative overview of the international student movement of this period which highlights similarities in goals, themes, and methods without disregarding the national distinctions.1 As Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth emphasise, the transnational dimension of the 1960s protest was already perceived by its contemporaries and it was one of its crucial motors.2 These comparative studies fill important gaps in the flour- ishing field of 1960s studies. However, in literary criticism, book-length studies on the fictional representation of 1968 and its international and transnational aspects are still missing, even though in the last two decades literary texts, especially 1 Gerard J. DeGroot (ed.), Student Protest. The Sixties and After (London and New York: Longman, 1998), and Gerard J. DeGroot, The Sixties Unplugged. A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008). 2 Martin Klimke...
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