In: KulturPoetik 2011, Heft 2


Jennifer Clare


Re-Writing Baader-Meinhof. Strategien metamythischen Erinnerns bei zeitgenössischen Autorinnen und Autoren




The short active period of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in the early 1970s has always been a highly mythologized episode of German history. It has produced a surge of images, signs, and narratives, which have been formed into an emotional cluster of myths by a multitude of factors. Within the last 10 years, writers have started considering these myths as an important tool for reflecting on the RAF. In consequence, various strategies of narration not only adopting, but also revealing, the structures of famous myths have been developed – myths become meta-myths. The article analyses meta-mythical strategies of narration and their implications in five fictional texts about the RAF.