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Making Bodies, Making History: Feminism & German Identity (Modern German Culture & Literature)

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In West German literature in the 1970s and 1980s bodies functioned not as victims of history nor as allegories for the nation but as sites of contested identities. Focusing on conflicts about identity in present-day Germany and on literary texts in which the body is an aesthetic construct, Leslie A. Adelson reformulates questions of embodiment and historical agency—questions that continue to haunt culture studies in general and German studies and women's studies in particular.
 
This interdisciplinary study of history, race, gender, and nationality offers rich readings of three contemporary prose texts that challenge the suppositions of prevalent literary theory—Anne Duden's Übergang, TORKAN's Tufan: Brief an einen islamischen Bruder, and Jeanette Lander's Ein Sommer in der Woche der Itke K. Adelson's discussion of heterogeneous identities in contemporary German culture boldly explores accountability and innovation in historical process.

Synopsis:

In West German literature in the 1970s and 1980s bodies functioned not as victims of history nor as allegories for the nation but as sites of contested identities. Focusing on conflicts about identity in present-day Germany and on literary texts in which the body is an aesthetic construct, Leslie A. Adelson reformulates questions of embodiment and historical agency--questions that continue to haunt culture studies in general and German studies and women's studies in particular. This interdisciplinary study of history, race, gender, and nationality offers rich readings of three contemporary prose texts that challenge the suppositions of prevalent literary theory--Anne Duden's "U""bergang, "TORKAN's "Tufan: Brief an einen islamischen Bruder, "and Jeanette Lander's "Ein Sommer in der Woche der Itke K." Adelson's discussion of heterogeneous identities in contemporary German culture boldly explores accountability and innovation in historical process.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-188) and index.

About the Author

Leslie A. Anderson, professor of German at Cornell University, is the author of Crisis of Subjectivity: Botho Strauss's Challenge to West German Prose of the 1970s.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803210363
Subtitle:
Feminism and German Identity
Author:
Adelson, Leslie A.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
German literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature -- Germany.
Subject:
German
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
History
Subject:
German literature -- 20th century.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Modern German Culture and Literature
Series Volume:
9466
Publication Date:
19930801
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
197
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.06 lb

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Making Bodies, Making History: Feminism & German Identity (Modern German Culture & Literature)
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"Synopsis" by , In West German literature in the 1970s and 1980s bodies functioned not as victims of history nor as allegories for the nation but as sites of contested identities. Focusing on conflicts about identity in present-day Germany and on literary texts in which the body is an aesthetic construct, Leslie A. Adelson reformulates questions of embodiment and historical agency--questions that continue to haunt culture studies in general and German studies and women's studies in particular. This interdisciplinary study of history, race, gender, and nationality offers rich readings of three contemporary prose texts that challenge the suppositions of prevalent literary theory--Anne Duden's "U""bergang, "TORKAN's "Tufan: Brief an einen islamischen Bruder, "and Jeanette Lander's "Ein Sommer in der Woche der Itke K." Adelson's discussion of heterogeneous identities in contemporary German culture boldly explores accountability and innovation in historical process.
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