This book examines Siegfried Lenz' Deutschstunde (1968), Das Vorbild (1973) and Heimatmuseum (1978) and the -½Historikerstreit-+ in West Germany. The analysis of retrospective narratives in Lenz' novels, a definitive literary statement on how a personal history is created, and the dialogue between the participants in the -½Historikerstreit-+ links individual history with the public debate. Thus, parallels between retrospective narratives in fiction and narrative strategies in a professional exchange are exposed. Ultimately, this correlation establishes a powerful link between narrative structure, historical consciousness and ideology.
Historiography and Fiction
Siegfred Lenz and the "Historikerstreit"
GERMAN LIFE AND CIVILIZATION