The Module will start on Thursday, Week 1, Autumn Term 2017
Seminars are 10-12 in H403.
Seminars will consist of lectures and base group discussions of the text and secondary reading material. Students will be issued with detailed worksheets in advance and may be required to prepare material in advance.
Week 1: Lecture: Mapping the Terrain: The Return of German Suffering
Text: Introduction from Bill Niven, Germans as Victims. Remembering the Past in Contemporary Germany, Basingstoke 2006.
Week 2: The Bombenkrieg – A forgotten history?
Lecture: Trauma and Memory
Texts: W.G.Sebald, Luftkrieg und Literatur (Fischer, 1999); Volker Hage, ‘Die Sebald-Debatte’ (copies provided).
Week 3: Representing the Air War I
Lecture: The issue of empathy in the discourse of German wartime suffering
Film: Dresden (Roland Suso Richter, 2006)
Week 4: Representing the Air War II
Text: Dieter Forte: Der Junge mit den blutigen Schuhen (Fischer, 1998)
Week 5: The War as Family Memory I – The Expulsions
Text: Günter Grass, Im Krebsgang (dtv, 2002)
Week 6: READING WEEK
Week 7: The War as Family Memory II – The Effect on the Nachgeborene
Lecture: Intergenerational Trauma and Postmemory
Text: Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Der Verlorene (Suhrkamp, 1998)
Week 8: German Wartime Memory and 1968
Lecture: 1968 and German Suffering
Text: Uwe Timm, Am Beispiel meines Bruders (dtv, 2003)
Week 9: The War as Family Memory III – Rewriting Post-War History
Film: Das Wunder von Bern (Sönke Wortmann, 2003)
Week 10: The War as Family Memory IV
Text: Dagmar Leupold, Nach den Kriegen, (dtv, 2004)