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An other Kind of Home

Gender-Sexual Abjection, Subjectivity, and the Uncanny in Literature and Film


Kyle Frackman

In this study, the author examines works of German-language literature and film from the nineteenth and twentieth century in order to chart a certain kind of otherness. Common to all of the examined cultural products are aspects of gender, sexuality, a notion of home or belonging, and pressures of abjection. Other elements of identity include race and disease. The characters in the analyzed works encounter both mutual dependence and abhorrence, which complicate their experiences in space and time. This analysis demonstrates that acceptance and belonging are difficult to attain, particularly in the fraught power dynamics in these works. This book includes discussions of works by Frank Wedekind, Robert Musil, Kutluğ Ataman, and Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss.
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Almost any research is inevitably supported and made possible by myriad individuals and institutions who and which provide any number of services in the form of physical, infrastructural, mental, and emotional buttressing. The work toward and surrounding this book is no different. I will attempt to list as many of these people and places as possible. If anyone or anything is omitted, I hope that the oversight will be forgiven.

From institutions and organizations, I have been fortunate to receive a number of grants and in-kind support that have allowed me to carry out various components of my research, which have yielded results and facilitated connections that enriched this and related projects. At the University of British Columbia, I have been grateful for the support of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, and the Professional Development Fund. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I thank the following for their generosity: the Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the program in German & Scandinavian Studies, the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the DEFA Film Library. The Northeast Modern Language Association provided two travel grants, allowing me to travel to Baltimore and Buffalo in 2007 and 2008, respectively, to present excerpts of earlier versions of...

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