Realisms in Contemporary Culture by Dorothee Birke

By Dorothee Birke

'Realism' is a pervasive time period in discussions of latest advancements in literature and picture. through drawing on various theories of realism, the authors discover how the time period can be utilized as a necessary suggestion which will examine and evaluation present developments in cultural creation and, in flip, how cultural creation alterations our figuring out of what counts as 'realism'. the quantity offers with media-specific and nationwide traditions of realism, thereby supplying a transdisciplinary engagement with kinds and socio-political services of 'realism' in modern tradition.

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Realisms in Contemporary Culture

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76–77. ), Trauma: Explorations in Memory, Baltimore 1995, pp. 3–12, p. 5. See Bessel A. ), Trauma, pp. 158–182, p. 176. Primo Levi, If This Is a Man and The Truce, London 1987, p. 66. Ibid. Truth Claims in the Contemporary Novel 43 Being unable to reconcile oneself to the past is at least in part dependent upon the objective nature of the trauma. Can the Auschwitz experience and the loss of innumerable family members during the Holocaust really be integrated, be made part of one’s autobiography?

An imposing limousine is revered as “the enduring symbol of the state” and “the majesty of England”. The almost religious nationalism aroused by this metaphoric mode leads to a xenophobic brawl in a public house. Meanwhile, the sinister psychiatrist Sir William Bradshaw uses his 51 Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway, Oxford 2000, p. 129. Further references will be to this edition. 30 Pam Morris aptly named Silver Ghost Rolls Royce to impose his authority on his patients and so to bring their bodily behaviour under control.

In his view, the terrorists have suffered a failure of the imagination and a resulting lack of empathy. Their inability to empathise with the innocent victims of their actions en- 33 34 Ibid. , p. 42. 36 DeLillo’s novel, in turn, while it repudiates analysis as a valid approach to 9/11 and endorses an ethics and aesthetics of empathy instead, nevertheless gives rise to doubts regarding the effectiveness of at least the aesthetic practice. The fictitious performance artist called the “falling man” re-enacts the famous photographs of people jumping out of the towers by jumping off public buildings wearing a rudimentary safety harness, gradually damaging his spine and eventually killing himself in the process.

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