Waking the dead: correspondences between Walter Benjamin's Concept of remembrance and Ingeborg Bachmann's Ways of dying

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Ariadne Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 174 pages
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Ingeborg Bachmann's late prose has often been read either as a representation of female experience in postwar Austria or as a commentary on the process of writing. This book offers a new reading by examining the relationship between historical experience and the structures of remembrance in Bachmann's Todesarten in the context of Walter Benjamin's approach to memory. Benjamin's notion of "insightful remembering" offers a conceptualization of remembrance that exposes the political, social, and psychological consequences of obscuring the ways in which public memory both shapes and is shaped by conflicting individual memories of the past. The differences between public and private forms of memory prevent their critical interchange and affects the ability to collectively mourn the victims of historical atrocities.

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Insightful Remembrance
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Der Fall Franza
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Insightful Remembrance in Malina
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Copyright

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