Christina Gerhardt published Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory (Bloomsbury, 2018). Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory explores representations of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in print media, film and art, locating an analysis of these texts in the historical and political context of unfolding events. In this way, the book contributes both a new history and a new cultural history of post-fascist era West Germany that grapples with the fledgling republic’s most pivotal debates about the nature of democracy and authority; about violence, its motivations and regulation; and about its cultural afterlife. Looking back at the history of representations of the RAF in various media, this book considers how our understanding of the Cold War era, of the long sixties and of the RAF is created and re-created through cultural texts.

“This informative and well-documented study of the changing representations of the Red Army Faction is a welcome model for how to go about de-provincializing our understanding of the post-war German experience.” – Kristin Ross, Professor Emerita, Department of Comparative Literature, New York University, USA

“Based on rigorous primary research and the broadest analysis of art and film depicting the Red Army Faction to date, Christina Gerhardt’s book fills a major gap in the study of cultural memory in postwar Germany. Most impressively, the book avoids both reductive caricatures and romantic celebrations of the RAF, instead grounding their actions and legacy in a broad international and historical context.” –  Michael Shane Boyle, Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London, UK

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