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Our Nazis: Representations of Fascism in Contemporary Literature and Film

Petra Rau


In the post-war imaginary of the West, ‘the Nazis’ became a cultural trope that served as a justification for defending democracy through military intervention. But in films and in fiction, the Nazis were also camped up, laughed at, eroticised and demonised as evil monsters. In fact, the representational rules of engagement with historical fascism have always been remarkably uncertain. This book examines why and how the penomenon of ‘fascinating Fascism’ has re-emerged once more after the end of the Cold War. What is its cultural function now, in a global era of Holocaust commemoration? How ca ... More

Keywords: Fascism, Nazism, Nazis, Second World War, war literature, war film, fascinating Fascism, perpetrator fiction, alternative history, Holocaust commemoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748668649
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Petra Rau, author
University of East Anglia