This module looks at examples of recent family and generational stories written by German-language authors. In close readings of texts and key pieces of secondary literature we will explore some of the following issues:
– What is the nature of the relationship betwee private memory and collective/ cultural memory?
– How do memory and history interact in the transmission of information about the (German) past?
– Why should this matter to us as (non-native) readers?
– What role do literary texts have to play in the transmission of cultural memory?
– How can experiences of suffering, pain and happiness be transmitted across generations in literary texts?
– What ethical challenges are posed by the telling of stories about absent others?
– What do these stories mean for the construction of personal/ collective identities in the present and in the future?