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By Mary Cosgrove

In German experiences the literary phenomenon of depression, which has a longstanding and various background in eu letters, has in most cases been linked to the Early glossy and Baroque sessions, Romanticism, and the difficulty of modernity. This organization, along the dominant psychoanalytical view of depression in German reminiscence discourses because the Sixties, has ended in its overlook as an enormous literary mode in postwar German literature, a state of affairs the current e-book seeks to redress by means of picking and reading epochal postwar works that use depression traditions to touch upon German background within the aftermath of the Holocaust. It makes a speciality of 5 writers - Günter Grass, Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Peter Weiss, W. G. Sebald, and Iris Hanika - who ponder the legacy of Auschwitz as intellectuals attempting to negotiate a dating to the prior in accordance with the stigma of belonging to a wrongdoer collective (Grass, Sebald, Hanika) or, by and large, to the sufferer collective (Weiss, Hildesheimer), as a way to improve a depression ethics of reminiscence for the Holocaust and the Nazi prior. it's going to entice students and scholars of German reviews, Comparative Literature, Cultural reviews, Cultural reminiscence, and Holocaust experiences. Mary Cosgrove is Reader in German on the college of Edinburgh

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The dialectical tension between despair and inspiration germane to genial melancholy exemplifies the ongoing struggle to feel and understand what eludes the mind. ”110 This type lends itself well to the task of performative remembrance, which, in its ideal form, continually reveals the struggle to understand and take responsibility for the past. Remembrance in this sense is an open-ended process that replaces closure with an ethical openness that connects past, present, and future. 111 In the following chapters I try to reflect the breadth and depth of each writer’s engagement with melancholy traditions.

A good example of this recent rehabilitation of melancholy against its associations with depression is Eric G. Wilson, Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy (New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2008). 92 On this question of cause see Jackson, Melancholia and Depression, 315–17. 93 Radden, Moody Minds Distempered, 13. , 14. 95 Jackson, Melancholia and Depression, 211–12. 96 Freud, “Trauer und Melancholie,” 431. Hereafter cited in text as TM. ” Torok, “The Illness of Mourning and the Fantasy of the Exquisite Corpse,” in The Shell and the Kernel: Renewals of Psychoanalysis, by Abraham and Torok, ed.

2/20/2014 5:38:06 PM 28 44  INTRODUCTION HAMLET: Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected ’haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, moods, shows of grief, That can denote me truly: these indeed seem, For they are actions that a man might play, But I have that within which passeth show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe. (Hamlet, act 1, scene 2).

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