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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.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Memory, Text and Place
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > 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
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0026-7503
    Depositing User: I Foster
    Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2011 11:35
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:16

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