Providing Evidence and Stories: On the Role of Museums in Literature

By Ulrike Zitzlsperger.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Some museums have become an integral part of literary narratives. This paper chooses three 20th century German novels – Thomas Mann’s ‘Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull’, F.C. Delius’ ‘Die Flatterzunge’ and W. G. Sebald’s ‘Austerlitz’ – to highlight the importance of sensory impressions, locations and evidence and the impact of event culture on (literary) visitors. This paper suggests that in terms of an ‘inclusive museum’ literature can inform on a museum’s place and appeal in contemporary society.

Keywords: Museums and Literature, Info Box Berlin

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.67-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 536.286KB).

Prof. Ulrike Zitzlsperger

Senior University Lecturer, German, School of Arts, Literatures and Languages, Exeter University, Exeter, UK

After working in Berlin in various positions until 1995 I joined the German Department at Exeter University in 1996. Ever since the focus of my research included the consideration of Berlin’s culture after the Fall of the Wall. Particular consideration went to the role of literature, events, exhibitions, films etc. and how they were utilized to overcome division.


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