Austria's Repressed Guilt in Theory and Practice: Personal Encounters

In Vincenzo Pinto (ed.), Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Mastering the Past). Leiden, Netherlands: (forthcoming)
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In this paper, I discuss three personal examples of contemporary Austrians' defensive reactions when confronted with the book The Political of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence (Leeb, 2018). The defensive reactions underline that Austrians evaded confronting themselves with their repressed guilt about their violent National Socialist past and failed at working through their past. It also explains the centrality of "embodied reflective spaces" and the idea of the "subject-in-outline" to counter the continuation of the cycle of violence engendered through repressed guilt and to assist a nation's successful working through its past.

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Claudia Leeb
Washington State University


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