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1986

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Review Of The Apocalyptic Vision: A Thematic Exploration Of Postwar German Literature, By Alan Frank Keele, Robert K. Shirer Feb 1986

Review Of The Apocalyptic Vision: A Thematic Exploration Of Postwar German Literature, By Alan Frank Keele, Robert K. Shirer

German Language and Literature Papers

Alan Frank Keele sets out to identify an "apocalyptic vision" of German society in postwar German literature and to describe the literary figures who see it and spread their warnings about it. The vision consists of runaway technology, evil toys, aborted children, and "de-humanized robot/citizens" (p. 125). Those who see and seek to share this vision are the physically and psychologically walking wounded, refugees from a war-torn world, who reject the values of postwar society.

Before examining the author's argument and evidence, it is important to point out two serious terminological weaknesses. Whereas the subtitle promises an exploration ...