By A. Assmann, L. Shortt
Whereas political platforms may possibly swap relatively speedy, the social and cultural tactics of variation and transformation take significantly longer. This quantity explores reminiscence as either a medium of and an obstacle to alter, delivering an inroad into the issues, mechanisms and styles excited about the complicated strategies that accompany the transition from authoritarian to democratic buildings. Written through authors from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, the essays chart the terrain and provide well-documented case reports to increase wisdom at the dating among social and political reminiscence and the transition technique.
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10 The existence of lingering guilty feelings is confirmed by the level of aggression which marked attempts to reject historical guilt. 12 In fact, even today the excited refusal of guilt continues to be read as an ‘unconscious admission of the . . 13 But was there really such a widespread deep sense of injustice and guilt 36 Transgenerational Transmission that it needed to be repressed? Did the outraged rejection of collective guilt not really express shame and humiliation that Germans were being accused of being criminal losers by the world public?
Schwarz discusses Grenville’s use of historical sources, the limits and self-restraints imposed on the literary imagination, and the obstacles involved in creating a dialogical engagement with the troubled past. She emphasizes that, despite serious cruces and difficulties, literary fiction can make a significant contribution to enhance the capacity for ethical listening and ‘empathetic unsettlement’. The last part, ‘Resistance to Change’, looks at some of the more and, indeed, less obvious ways in which memories may act as impediments to change.
In the final chapter in this part, Anja Schwarz turns to Australia, examining two recent novels by the Australian author Kate Grenville which are located between (family) history, memory and fiction. Writing from the point of view of a descendant of the settlers, in the novels which are analysed here, Grenville re-imagines Australia’s colonial past for a shared future, marking two opposite commemorative positions which are related to the different memory politics of the Howard and Rudd governments.
Memory and Political Change (Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies) by A. Assmann, L. Shortt