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GE431 - German Memories of the War - from Perpetration to Suffering

  • Module code: GE431
  • Module name: German Memories of the War - from Perpetration to Suffering
  • Department: German Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Over the course of the 1990s post-unification Germany integrates the legacy of the Holocaust in the official self-image of the Berlin Republic (for example by creating a Holocaust memorial in the nation’s capital). The re-inscription of Auschwitz into a national and collective memory opens the gates for a return of German wartime memory that appeared to have been obscured by the commemoration of Nazism’s victims. The re-emergence of the issue of German wartime suffering to the fore of German public discourse since the turn of the millenium represents the greatest shift in German memory culture since the 1980s. The (international) attention and debates triggered by, for example, W.G. Sebald’s Luftkrieg und Literatur, Günter Grass’s Im Krebsgang and Jörg Friedrich’s Der Brand testify to a change in focus away from the victims of National Socialism to the traumatic experience of the ‘perpetrator collective’ and its legacies. The module addresses the representation of German wartime experience in contemporary literature and film from several angles.

Principal learning outcomes

The module aims are to: provide students with an overview over the debate around representations of German wartime suffering within the wider context of cultural memory of National Socialism; analyse a number of literary and filmic representations of German wartime suffering and its long-term effects on family and society with respect to political/social discourse, gultural memory and gender issues; enable students to engage critically with a variety of theoretical and critical approaches to the problems of German memory of the Second World War and German experience of wartime suffering; develop students' research and writing skills.

Timetabled teaching activities

Seminars and film screenings.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/german/undergrad/undergraduatemodules/ge431/aims/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GE431-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Spanish Studies and German Studies (R4R2) - Year 4
Optional
  • Undergraduate English and German Literature (QR32) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies with German (R1RA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German Studies (R200) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German with International Studies (R2M1) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German Studies with French Studies (R2R1) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German Studies with Italian (R2R3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German with Spanish (R2R4) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German and History (R2V1) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Italian with German (R3R2) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German and Business Studies (RN21) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French and German Studies (RR12) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate German Studies and Italian (RR23) - Year 4