This book fills a void in contemporary scholarship by providing an in-depth analyses of three major German-language writers and their literary reflections of the Holocaust. It examines the limits of memory on the effects of this historical catastrophe on those born afterwards and the blending of text and image in the search for truth and authenticity.
Foreword by Katharina Gerstenberger; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Photography in Contemporary German literature; Photography and Its Discontents; 1. What's in a Frame?: Photography, Memory and History; Fact versus Fiction in Holocaust Literature; Photography's Claim to Authenticity and Its Deceipts; Image, Text, and Context; Family Photography; Haunting Gaps; Discontinuities and Fragmentation; Personalizing History; Photography as Metaphor and Vehicle for Remembrance; Photography and Trauma; Photography, Memory, and History: Conclusion; 2."The Quest for Memory is the Search for one's History:" Monika Maron's Pawels Briefe; 2.I The Quest for Memory; Monuments; Encounter as Conflict; Photography's Deceptions; Narrating the Void; Chance Encounters; Roland Barthes: Punctum versus Studium; Face-to-Face Encounters; Affiliative Look Vis-a-Vis Family Photography; 2.II. The Search for One's History; A Memory of Breaks; The Self-Reflectivity of the Second Generation; Memory versus History; Modern versus Mythical Memory; Memory as a Constructive process; Maron's Search for Family History: Conclusion; 3. Poetics of Uncertainty: W.G. Sebald's Die Ausgewanderten and Austerlitz; Literary Representation of the Holocaust; 3.I. Photographys as Documents par excellence; L'Effect Du Reel: Manipulation and Falsification; Photographs; Sebald's Extratextual Commentaries; AND MORE.