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ERIC Number: EJ1097076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Seeing, Hearing, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Things: On Silences, Senses and Emotions during the "Zero Hour" in Germany
Priem, Karin
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v52 n3 p286-299 2016
This article focuses on senses, emotions and cultural practices such as writing, reading and speaking in West Germany after 1945. The period immediately following the end of the Second World War--the so-called "Stunde Null", or "zero hour"--has generally been seen as a time of new beginnings, also with regard to cleansing the German language and breaking the silences of the past. This historical examination of sensory-emotional and material contexts and related cultural practices takes as its source Hanns-Josef Ortheil's autobiographical novel "Die Erfindung des Lebens" (The Invention of Life), published in 2009. Ortheil's novel is about a child's enormous struggle to learn how to feel, see, read, write and speak. This so-called "ego document", told by a first-person narrator, focuses on the links between things, objects, senses, emotions, and the acquisition of cultural skills and techniques while at the same time providing subtle commentary on post-war West German society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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