Haunting Legacies Gabriele Schwab

ISBN: 9780231526357

Published: November 1st 2010

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Haunting Legacies  by  Gabriele Schwab

Haunting Legacies by Gabriele Schwab
November 1st 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9780231526357 | 6.47 Mb

From mass murder to genocide, slavery to colonial suppression, acts of atrocity have lives that extend far beyond the horrific moment. They engender trauma that echoes through later generations, for those on both sides of the act. Gabriele SchwabMoreFrom mass murder to genocide, slavery to colonial suppression, acts of atrocity have lives that extend far beyond the horrific moment. They engender trauma that echoes through later generations, for those on both sides of the act. Gabriele Schwab reads these legacies in a number of narratives, primarily through the writing of postwar Germans and the descendents of Holocaust survivors.

She connects their work to earlier histories of slavery and colonialism and to more recent events, such as South African Apartheid, the practice of torture after 9/11, and the disappearances that occurred during South American dictatorships.Schwabs texts include memoirs (Ruth Klugers Still Alive and Marguerite Durass La Douleur), second-generation accounts by the children of Holocaust survivors (Georges Perecs W, Art Spiegelmans Maus, and Philippe Grimberts Secret), and second-generation recollections by Germans (W.

G. Sebalds Austerlitz, Sabine Reichels What Did You Do in The War, Daddy?, and Ursula Dubas Tales from a Child of the Enemy). She also incorporates her own reminiscences of growing up in postwar Germany, mapping networks of interlaced memories and histories as they interact in psychic life and cultural memory.

Her critical approach draws on theories from psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, and trauma studies, and Schwab concludes with a bracing look at issues of responsibility, reparation, and forgiveness across the victim/perpetrator divide.



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