"Trümmerliteratur" : Am Beispiel von Shiina Rinzō und Wolfgang Borchert

Gebhardt, Lisette GND

Prompted by the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Japanese literary world once again looked back at the core texts of the post-war period. However, there was an astonishing absence of thorough new studies which examine the literature of the immediate post-war era in their historical context. This article is a small-scale, concrete analysis comparing two representative texts of Japanese and German postwar literature; Shiina Rinzo’s “Banquet at Midnight”, and Wolfgang Borchert’s “Draußen vor der Tür”. The article considers the parallels and differences in the manner of representation, for example with regard to gender descriptions, and critically evaluates these texts from today’s perspective.

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