Stories instead of history. Dieter Forte's narrative elaboration of the bombing warfare in the context of the sebald-debate

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Abstract

After the author and Germanist W.G. Sebald had inspired, by the end of last century nineties, a public discussion about the bombing warfare in the German literature, the Second World War has become one of the dominating themes in German present-day literature. But much earlier, the author D. Forte had already shown, in a nearly nine hundred pages novelistic trilogy, the fundamental importance of written and oral narrations about the past. Based on this author, the article tries to work out the importance of memory and narration and thus, also of literature as well for individual identity construction, as for collective historical consciousness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-210
JournalRevista de Filologia Alemana
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Bombing warfare and literature
  • Narrative construction of history
  • War traumas and narrative taboos
  • Written and oral texts

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