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Mediated Figures of Memory and the British Novel after 1945

Mediated Figures of Memory and the British Novel after 1945 (Zeno Ackermann)

This project looks at the reverberations of the Second World War and the Holocaust in British novels published after 1945. I am interested in how literary texts engage, simultaneously, with total violence and with the total military, social and cultural mobilization of war-time. What becomes of the powerful fictions of collectivity and collective memory that were (proleptically) instituted during the war? Do British post-war novels reiterate or confront hegemonic figures of memory and the routines of subjectivity that these figures suggest? How does literary narrative relate to the strong visual aesthetic of a prolonged war culture? And in how far does it project the counter-fiction of a ‘literary memory’?