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Memory Traces

1989 and the Question of German Cultural Identity


Silke Arnold de Simine

Contents: Silke Arnold-de Simine: Introduction – Rolf Parr: National Symbols and the German Reunification – Friederike Eigler: Memory, Moralism, and Coming to Terms with the Present: Martin Walser and Zafer Şenocak – Marc Oliver Huber: The Father and His Shadow: The Mann Family in German Memory after 1989 – Anne Friederike Müller: Old Men and the Past: Personified Memories of German History after 1989 – Ruth J. Owen: ‘wenn ein staat ins gras beißt, singen die dichter’: The Wende in Poetry – Birgit Haas: Wendedramen – Bernhard Malkmus: ‘All of Them Signs and Characters from the Type-Case of Forgotten Things’ - Intermedia Configurations of History in W.G. Sebald – Andreas Böhn: Memory, Musealization and Alternative History in Michael Kleeberg’s Novel Ein Garten im Norden and Wolfgang Becker’s Film, Good Bye, Lenin! – Jonathan Bach: Vanishing Acts and Virtual Reconstructions: Technologies of Memory and the Afterlife of the GDR – Simon Ward: Material, Image, Sign: On the Value of Memory Traces in Public Space – Russel Lemmons: ‘Imprisoned, Murdered, Besmirched’: The Controversy Concerning Berlin’s Ernst Thälmann Monument and German National Identity, 1990-1995.