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History, memory and Montage in Anne Duden's Das 'Judasschaf'

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Teresa Ludden


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This article uses Theodor Adorno's ideas on the role of the artwork and Walter Benjamin's philosophy of history and his concept of 'Eingedenken' to examine the types of memory and the modes of remembering the Holocaust in Anne Duden's novel, Das Judasschaf (1985). It focuses on the complex re-figuring of quotations, images, Renaissance paintings, and documentary materials in order to assess the politics of montage and tire presenting of documents which interrupt the flow of the narrative. Analysis of the use of some contemporary historiographical concepts such as identification, empathy and 'the gap' feeds into the reading of Duden's text. The argument centres on non-empathetic remembrance rather than identification with the victims as a more useful way of understanding the types of memory in tire text.

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Author(s): Ludden T

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: German Life and Letters: Interenational Conference on Memory Contests, Cultural Memory, Hybridity and Identity in German Discourses Since 1990

Year of Conference: 2006

Pages: 249-265

ISSN: 0016-8777

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.0016-8777.2006.00348.x

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ISBN: 14680483