History, Memory and Film: Edgar Reitz' Heimat Project as Transformative Narrative

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In this paper I discuss history and memory from a theoretical and philosophical point of view and the non-fiction and fiction aspects of historical representation. I use Edgar Reitz’ monumental work Heimat 1-3 (and his recent film Die Andere Heimat) as examples of very different transformative historical narratives. In terms of narrative construction and aesthetic form the Heimat-project challenges the dominant forms of historical fiction. By combining personal memory, everyday life
and collective memory and a more indirect way of representing factual history Reitz wants to transform our look at German history.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2 May 2015
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2015
EventFilm, Democracy and Liberal Education - Princeton University, University Center for Human Values, Princeton, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20152 May 2015


ConferenceFilm, Democracy and Liberal Education
LocationPrinceton University, University Center for Human Values
CountryUnited States

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