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Memories and Representations of War

The Case of World War I and World War II


Edited by Elena Lamberti and Vita Fortunati

The contributors to the present volume approach World War I and World War II as complex and intertwined crossroads leading to the definition of the new European (and world) reality, and deeply pervading the making of the twentieth century. These scholars belong to different yet complementary areas of research – history, literature, cinema, art history; they come from various national realities and discuss questions related to Italy, Britain, Germany, Poland, Spain, at times introducing a comparison between European and North American memories of the two World War experiences. These scholars are all guided by the same principle: to encourage the establishment of an interdisciplinary and trans-national dialogue in order to work out new approaches capable of integrating and acknowledging different or even opposing ways to perceive and interpret the same historical phenomenon. While assessing the way the memories of the two World Wars have been readjusted each time in relation to the evolving international historical setting and through various mediators of memory (cinema, literature, art and monuments), the various essays contribute to unveil a cultural panorama inhabited by contrasting memories and by divided memories not to emphasise divisions, but to acknowledge the ethical need for a truly shared act of reconciliation.

Stephen David

ahistorical thrust of the proclamation, former Biafrans lost their claim to victimhood (as the vanquished) and with it the opportunity to mourn their loss which could have started a journey of real reconciliation and reintegration. As I will argue, there was no return for these Biafrans to their prelapsarian

Witnessing the Ruins of Apartheid

The Women’s Jail (Johannesburg) as a Site of Encounter

Marie Kruger

and hence a deliberate reflection of the country’s foundational myth “that debate, reason, interaction, negotiation, and reconciliation will make the future happen.” 17 That such negotiations often lead to controversial decisions became apparent during the early stages of the spatial reconstruction

Intersecting Imperialisms

The Rise and Fall of Empires in Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Ben Holgate

symbolizes Australia’s belated acknowledgement of the sufferings of the country’s POW  s in the Asia-Pacific and a national reconciliation with its troubled mid-twentieth-century history. The Japanese captured about 21,000 Australians, more than one-third of whom died in captivity. The death rate on the

Annie Gagiano

experiences, retains humanity and a capacity for devotion. Movingly, Owuor depicts a reconciliation between Nyipir and his torturer, Petrus Keah, the “intelligence man” who had attempted to save Nyipir’s son’s life and comes to commiserate with the grieving father. At the burial, when Nyipir’s “questions

Separating the Magical from the Real

The Representation of the Barwa in Zakes Mda’s She Plays with the Darkness

Michael Wessels

with the hens also suggests hope for future reconciliation between the domestic sphere of the Basotho village and the creative, communal world represented by the “wild” Barwa as well as hope for the success of the democracy emerging in adjacent South Africa out of the ruins of apartheid

David Damrosch

reconciliation is in reality a fatal trap for her lover. Even as he shapes Kieu’s story to reflect his own circumstances, Nguyen Du makes clear his deep connection to the Chinese tradition throughout the novel. It is interesting that as a male poet on the periphery of the Sinophone world, Nguyen Du more than

Kirsten Beck

reconciliation: he is Qays, they suggest, perhaps the son of Muʿādh or perhaps the son of al-Mulawwaḥ; he was not mad, rather he was twisted. By khabar 14, we feel we almost have reached some sort of resting place at his father’s grave: ‫[14]‬ وذكر هشام بن محمد الكلبي أنه قيس بن الملوح، وحدث أن أباه مات قبل

Qurʾānic Studies and Historical-Critical Philology

The Qurʾān’s Staging, Penetrating and Eclipsing of Biblical Tradition

Angelika Neuwirth

immediate and complete reconciliation between God and his people possible. 38 On closer look, however, we discover a later extension to the sūra which adds theological points to the story that do not smoothly blend with the tone and tenet of the story itself. The extension Q 20:80-82 is easily identifiable

In Quest of Ourselves

A Highly Important Matter

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar

Translator Evren Akaltun and Trevor Hope

those gathered in Yaşadığım Gibi (2000) and Mücevherlerin Sırrı (2002), a collection mainly of pieces of criticism originally published in newspaper form. In his early writings Tanpınar argued that Turkish modernity, following the Western example, necessitates a reconciliation with the past, a