West-östliche Begegnungen in Sprache und Kultur, Literatur und Wissenschaft
Edited By Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich and Yoshito Takahashi
Verkörperungen des Orients im ‚weiblichen Wort’: Raum- und Körper(de-)konstruktionen bei Ida Hahn-Hahn, Isabelle Eberhardt und Annemarie Schwarzenbach: Anja Katharina Seiler (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Anja Katharina Seiler (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Within Intercultural German Studies, feminist postcolonial research analyzes a specific female experience of the Orient and a female way of writing and describing the ‘Other’. Traditional stereotypical images of the Orient also contain structural analogies based on a patriarchal discourse and sexual power relations.
Implicit and explicit orientalisms that cross concepts of national culture and boundaries between times are varied and complex. My cross-cultural comparative analysis illuminates selected intercultural texts by Ida Hahn-Hahn, Isabelle Eberhardt and Annemarie Schwarzenbach. This study will address how, in these texts, such analogies became inscribed in the categories of space and body and how (physical) self-images and society are discussed. Using a performative body- and space-theoretical approach, my paper examines the many ways the authors materialize the Orient as a space of timeless desire and body representations.
The focus of my analysis are body encounters in ‘contact zones’ (Mary Louise Pratt) such as the slave market in Hahn-Hahn’s texts, in the subversive ‘cross-dressing’ of Eberhardt, and in the uninhabited desert area in texts by Schwarzenbach. The authors reject male objectifications but replace them with their own female ones. They deconstruct traditional images of male authors such as the seductive, sensual Oriental, but pass them on in a modified writing influenced by their own rhetoric of appropriation and demarcation in gender-dominated bodies and spaces.
„Hier, die Stadt an der Grenze Asiens, die Meerespforte, das glänzende Schwert zwischen Osten und...
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