Life Writing: Genres of Memory
Dr Joanne Sayner
Date: 19 March 2013
Location: Room 0.03, 60 Park Place, Cardiff
Dr Joanne Sayner (University of Birmingham)
This paper takes as its case study the life writings of one woman, Greta Kuckhoff, an anti-Nazi resistance fighter who spent thirty years reworking her life story in different genres and media. It suggests that through repetition of her life narrative in different forms, Kuckhoff created a genre of antifascism which challenged the dominant narratives of the ruling powers in the GDR. It analyses the processes of remediation of her story and the involvement of others in the contentious representation of histories of antifascist resistance. It argues that a focus on life-writing provides a timely corrective to contemporary debates about remembering former East Germany.
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