The Forgotten Comes to Parable Studies

Tania Oldenhage

in Parables for Our Time

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150520
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834549 | DOI:

Series: AAR Cultural Criticism Series

 The Forgotten Comes to Parable Studies

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In the mid‐1980s, Marie Luise Kaschnitz's poem “Zoon Politikon” reappeared in Wolfgang Harnisch's book on the parables of Jesus. Harnisch argues that the parables should be understood as metaphorical narratives. In order to illustrate his metaphor theory, Harnisch discusses the metaphors deployed by Kaschnitz in her poem. Thereby, Harnisch largely avoids the poem's actual theme of Holocaust remembrance in postwar Germany. Oldenhage argues that Harnisch's reduction of this Holocaust poem to form is emblematic of the state of Holocaust remembrance in Germany of the 1980s. While Germans in the 1980s and 1990s are often very familiar with the basic facts and events of the Holocaust, this familiarity often prevents them from really thinking through these facts and events as a legacy that concerns themselves.

Keywords: Germany; Wolfgang Harnisch; Holocaust memory; metaphor; parables of Jesus

Chapter.  7757 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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