Journal Article

Nostalgia and Redemption in Joseph Kanon's <i>The Good German</i>

William D. Buhrman

in Literature and Theology

Volume 22, issue 4, pages 475-490
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online July 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frn023
Nostalgia and Redemption in Joseph Kanon's The Good German

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This article explores Joseph Kanon's depiction and challenge in The Good German to two prevailing American memories about World War II, that of a beneficent American occupation and of a universal German guilt. The article describes these deeply held memories as metanarratives that fashion identities within the setting of the novel by establishing who needs to be redeemed and who does not. The novel provides a ready example of the way postmodern nostalgia can be used not only to save oneself through memory but also condemn the other who is the object of the metanarrative but nevertheless hidden by it.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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