Alternative history and Christoph Ransmayr’s “Morbus Kitahara”
Foster, I 1999, 'Alternative history and Christoph Ransmayr’s “Morbus Kitahara”' , Modern Austrian Literature, 32 (1) , pp. 111-125.
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This article considers Christoph Ransmayr's monumental 1995 novel Morbus Kithara in the context of the science fiction genre of "alternative history" or contrafactual history. The complex questions of guitl and responsibility, remembrance of the past and all too frequent amnesia are recast in the alternative world of the novel. If the conclusions are pessimistic, then this is because the Austrian experience since 1945 suggests that coming to terms with the past is not easy and that prejudice may all too easily persist.
|Themes:||Memory, Text and Place|
|Schools:||Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Translating and Interpreting|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Modern Austrian Literature|
|Publisher:||International Arthur Schnitzler Research Association UCLA , Riverside|
|Depositing User:||I Foster|
|Date Deposited:||28 Oct 2011 10:35|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2013 17:16|
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