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European Memories of the Second World War
Edited by Helmut Peitsch, Charles Burdett, and Claire Gorrara
350 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-936-9 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (March 1999)
ISBN 978-1-84545-158-5 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (March 2006)
eISBN 978-1-78238-963-7 eBook
"There is no question that this is a timely volume ... [that] provide[s] a basis for a genuinely interdisciplinary, transnational comparative discussion ... [and] could represent an important point of reference for all discussions of how to conceptualize historical memory." · Robert Moeller, University of California, Irvine
"... a well focused collection of articles, all of which are of a good scholarly standard and some of which are strikingly original or illuminating." · Michael Kelly, University of Southampton
During the fifty years since the end of hostilities, European literary memories of the war have undergone considerable change, influenced by the personal experiences of writers as well as changing political, social, and cultural factors. This volume examines changing ways of remembering the war in the literatures of France, Germany, and Italy; changes in the subject of memory, and in the relations between fiction, autobiography, and documentary, with the focus being on the extent to which shared European memories of the war have been constructed.
After having received his PhD and Habilitation from the Free University Berlin, Helmut Peitsch moved to Britain, where he held a number of academic positions. Since 1994, he has been Professor of European Studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Charles Burdett received his PhD from the University of Oxford and was appointed Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Claire Gorrara received her PhD from the University of Oxford and in 1994 was appointed Lecturer in French at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Subject: History: World War IIMemory Studies
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