Adolf Hitler in Fiction and Memory

  • Joanne Pettitt


In this chapter, the author looks closely at representations of Adolf Hitler. The main argument is that, in these accounts, there is a visible tension between Hitler the man and Hitler the myth. Fiction that addresses the subject of Adolf Hitler therefore enters an arena in which the way that we remember the Holocaust, especially its potency within our cultural consciousness, has impacted directly upon modes of representation. Considering the oscillations that occur because of these issues, this chapter concludes by taking a chronological approach to these narratives, linked to the so-called ‘Hitler Wave’; ultimately, it becomes clear that a kind of cultural catharsis has begun to occur, and that the myth of Hitler is finally beginning to be expelled.


Cultural Consciousness Cultural Imagination Narrative Mode American Writer Alternate History 
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  • Joanne Pettitt
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  1. 1.School of European Culture and LanguagesUniversity of KentKentUnited Kingdom

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