Aspects of Post-War German and Japanese Drama (1945-1970): Reflections on War, Guilt and Responsibility

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Against the background of post-war literary developments in Germany and Japan, this study compares several representative dramas. These playwrights attempt to come to terms with military defeat, betrayal by leaders, wartime atrocities, holocaust, blindness, passivity, guilt, collective and individual responsibility.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface; Introduction
1. Backgrounds
2. The Returning Soldier: Wolfgang Borchert’s Draußvor der Tür and Miyoshi Juro’s Haikyo
3. A Burning House: Max Frisch’s Biedermann und die Brandstifte and Mishima Yukio’s Kataku
4. Doomsday: Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Die Physiker and Betsuyaku Minoru’s Zo
5. War Crimes Trials: Rolf Schneider’s Prozeß in Nürmberg, Peter Weiss’s Die Ermittlung and Kinoshita Junji’s Kami to hito tono aida
Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

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