Event Date 18 November 2011
Royal Holloway University of London
2 Gower Street
London WC1E 6DP
TRAUMA, FICTION, HISTORY seminar series
School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Dr Dora Osborne (University of Nottingham)
What Remains: Trauma and the Archive in Contemporary German Memory Culture
The archive stands in complex relation to history and fiction, perhaps no more so than when it carries the traces of traumatic impact. The notions of Trauma, Fiction, History, brought together in this research group, are of critical concern to post-1945 German Studies. In their configuration they ask questions of memory and witness, but also, increasingly and urgently, of the archive. What kind of archive material remains ‘after Auschwitz’? And how is this used by artists and authors in the attempted representation of Germany’s traumatic past? Drawing on examples from recent German-language literature (Durs Grünbein) and visual art (Anselm Kiefer), this paper will consider the relation of archive to Trauma, Fiction, History.
Introduction by Colin Davis .