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Our Nazis: Representations of Fascism in Contemporary Literature and Film

Our Nazis: Representations of Fascism in Contemporary Literature and Film

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An analysis of the resurgent cultural fascination with Nazism since 1989

Why has a fascination with fascism re-emerged after the Cold War? What is its cultural function now, in an era of commemoration? Focusing particularly on the British context, this study offers the first analysis of contemporary popular and literary fiction, film, TV and art exhibitions about Nazis and Nazism. Petra Rau brings this material into dialogue with earlier responses to fascism and demonstrates how, paradoxically, Nazism has been both mediated and mythologised to the extent that it now often replaces a critical engagement with actual, violent history.

In 5 thematic chapters on Nazi Noir, Men in Uniform, Vile Bodies, The Good German and Meta-Cinematic Farce, Rau provides close analysis of contemporary novels such as Jason Lutes' graphic novel series Berlin, historical crime fiction by Philip Kerr and others, Robert Harris' Fatherland, Ian McEwan's Black Dogs and Justin Cartwright's The Song Before It Is Sung; films such as Bryan Singer's Valkyrie and Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards; art installations including Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery / Recent Art, and Fucking Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman; and Piotr Uklanski's photo frieze, Untitled (The Nazis).

Key Features:

  • Broad interdisciplinary approach which includes literature, film, TV and art
  • Wide coverage of popular forms and High Art
  • Comparison with earlier material about fascism which reaches back to the 1930s


Author: Petra Rau
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Published: 05/20/2013
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.10w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780748668649

Review Citation(s):
Choice 01/01/2014

About the Author

Petra Rau is Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 1890-1950 (2009) and has published on Freudian poetics, literature about the Second World War and travel writing.


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