The Fingerprints of Fascism : Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther Novels, Nazi Noir, and the Continuing Presence of the Past

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary European Crime Fiction
Subtitle of host publicationRepresenting History and Politics
EditorsMonica Dall'Asta, Jacques Migozzi, Federico Pagello, Andrew Pepper
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmilian
Chapter3
Pages41-57
Number of pages17
ISBN (electronic)978-3-031-21979-5
ISBN (print)978-3-031-21978-8
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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NameCrime Files
ISSN (Print)2947-8340
ISSN (electronic)2947-8359

Abstract

This chapter argues that the Nazi legacy is a common denominator connecting disparate European experiences both in terms of the persistent trauma of atrocity, and as a ‘buried history’ that insistently reappears in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century European popular culture. In particular, the past-oriented genre of crime fiction offers a cultural mode for engagement with this history. Focusing on Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther novels, this chapter argues that ‘Nazi Noir’ challenges the crime genre’s typical insistence on the individual nature of crime, and that it sees fascism as a stain that spread across Europe and beyond in the World War II and post-war eras. Kerr’s exploration of this collective past is not an attempt to heal a historical wound, but an acknowledgment of its persistence. © The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023.

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The Fingerprints of Fascism: Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther Novels, Nazi Noir, and the Continuing Presence of the Past. / Sandberg, Eric.
Contemporary European Crime Fiction: Representing History and Politics. ed. / Monica Dall'Asta; Jacques Migozzi; Federico Pagello; Andrew Pepper. Cham: Palgrave Macmilian, 2023. p. 41-57 (Crime Files).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 12 - Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review