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Other Germanies: Questioning Identity in Women's Literature and Artby Karen Hermine Jankowsky
Synopses & Reviews
This book introduces American audiences to Germany through the perspectives of members of various ethnic groups within the newly unified country and through the mediation of feminist scholars, documenting the artistic contributions to German cultural identity of ten women writers, filmmakers, dancers, and visual artists.
The work of these artists is presented in various ways: as an opportunity for Germans to explore their own repressed identities, as a portrayal of the complex histories of cultural change which foreigners bring into Germany, as the work of piecing together a minority identity in Germany, as a portrayal of the marginalization of women in the construction of the nation, and as the interpenetration of Eastern and Western European cultures.
These artists subvert the process of forming a singular cultural identity by calling into question the creation of a unified personal identity. They represent, for example, the fragmentation of identity through images of amputation, the arbitrary construction of identity through games of chance, the struggle within the writing self to resist censorship in East Germany, and the protest against a culturally imposed identity based on racial categorization.
The volume's eleven articles address issues of multiculturalism, national and personal identity, and avant-garde art, and reflect on the various ways gender and culture interact in the German context.
Table of Contents
Encounters with the other in German cultural discourse: intercultural Germanistik and Aysel Özakin's Journeys of exile / lker Gökberk — Reinventions of Turkey: Ernine Sevgi Özdarnar's Life is a caravanserai / Margrit Frölich — Rethinking Germanness: two Afro-German women journey "home" / Erin Crawley — Is female to nation as nature is to culture?: Božena Němcová, Libuše Moníková, and the female folkloric / Katie Trumpener — Between "inner Bohemia" and "outer Siberia": Libuše Moníková destabilizes notions of nation and gender / Karen Jankowsky — Ethno-documentary discourse and cultural otherness in Ulrike Ottinger's Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia / Shanta Rao — Amputation, dismembered identities, and the rhythms of elimination: reading Pina Bausch / Heidi Gilpin — Deconstructing identity: Eva-Maria Schön's Origin of species / Barbara C. Buenger — German national identity and the female subject: Gerlind Reinshagen's German trilogy / Angelika Czekay — Pices d'identité: piecing together mother/daughter identities in Jeanine Meerapfel's Malou / Janice Mouton — Patters of self-destruction: Christa Wolf's What remains and Monika Maron's Flight of ashes / Sylvia Kloetzer — Coda: when American feminists cross borders / edited by Karen Jankowsky and Carla Love.
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