Childness and the Writings of the German Past: Tropes of Childhood in Contemporary German Literature.
Childness and the Writings of the German Past: Tropes of Childhood in Contemporary German Literature
Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature; Volume 1
Maguire presents this niche study on ochildnesso in literature, focused on works portraying childhood to German adults post-1989. Several works from Dieter Forte, Martin Walser, Marcel Beyer, and W.G. Sebald are discussed, and various themes of childhood are connected to German history, particularly the World Wars. Among themes identified are childhood innocence and tabula rasa, the difference between adult and child gaze, paradoxical violence, alignment of innocent childhood with adult politics, death, mortality, and wholeness. The conclusion draws connections between the transformation of child to adult and the literary representations given to an audience with a particular past. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)