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Memories of 1968

International Perspectives


Edited By Ingo Cornils and Sarah Waters

The 1968 events were profoundly international in character, transcending any one national context and interacting with other movements across the world. Yet the way these events are remembered is often delimited by the national cultural or political experience and is cut off from its broader international dimension. The purpose of this volume is to examine the ‘memory’ of 1968 across different national settings, looking at the cases of France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Mexico and China. How has 1968 been (re)produced and/or contested within different national cultures and how do these processes reflect national preoccupations with order, political violence, individual freedom, youth culture and self-expression? How has the memory of 1968 been narrated, framed and interpreted in different places and in different disciplines? Is there a collective memory of 1968 and does this memory cross national boundaries? By juxtaposing representations of 1968 from across a range of national cultures and by examining the processes by which 1968 is remembered, this book aims to open up the memory of 1968 to a more diverse international perspective, one that more closely reflects the dynamics of the events themselves. The papers collected in this volume are selected from the proceedings of a conference entitled ‘Memories of 1968: International Perspectives’ that was held at the University of Leeds in 2008.


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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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