The Long Shadow of the Past

Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture

Katya Krylova

Examines key contemporary Austrian literary texts, films, and memorials that treat Nazism and the Holocaust for what they reveal about the country's contemporary politics of memory.
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Series :
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781640140738
Pages : 214
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

The process of coming to terms with its National Socialist past has been a long and difficult one in Austria. It is only over the past thirty years that the country's view of its role during the Third Reich has shifted decisively from that of victimhood to complicity, prompted by the Waldheim affair of 1986-1988. Austria's writers, filmmakers, and artists have been at the center of this process, holding up a mirror to the country's present and drawing attention to a still disturbing past.
Katya Krylova's book undertakes close readings of key contemporary Austrian literary texts, films, and memorials that treat the legacy of Nazism and the Holocaust. The analysis focuses on texts by Robert Schindel, Elfriede Jelinek, and Anna Mitgutsch, documentary films by Ruth Beckermann and by Margareta Heinrich and Eduard Erne, as well as recent memorial projects in Vienna, examining what these reveal about the evolving memory culture in contemporary Austria. Aimed at a broad readership, the book will be a key reference point for university teachers, undergraduates, and postgraduates engaged in scholarship on contemporary Austrian literature, film, and visual culture, and for general readers interested in confrontations with the National Socialist past in the Austrian context.

KATYA KRYLOVA is Lecturer in German, Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, UK. The Long Shadow of the Past is her second book.


Introduction: Confrontations with the Past
Melancholy Journeys to the Past: The Films of Ruth Beckermann
Reconstructing a Home: Nostalgia in Anna Mitgutsch's Haus der Kindheit
Silencing the Past: Margarete Heinrich's and Eduard Erne's Totschweigen and Elfriede Jelinek's Rechnitz (Der Wurgeengel)
Historicizing the Waldheim Affair: Robert Schindel's Der Kalte
Missing Images: Memorials and Memorial Projects in Contemporary Vienna
Conclusion: Living with Shadows

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