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Violence, Culture and Identity

Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society


Helen Chambers

Contents: Helen Chambers: Introduction – Helmut Kuzmics: Violence and pacification in Norbert Elias’s theory of civilization – Anne Simon: Sharp tongues and sharper swords: violence towards women in the Ritter vom Turn – Ulrike Zitzlsperger: Women’s identity and authoritarian force: women pamphleteers of the German reformation – Ritchie Robertson: ‘Die Menschen zu ihrem Glück zwingen’: polemical and judicial violence in the Austrian enlightenment – R. H. Stephenson: Violence and aesthetic identity in Weimar classicism – Laura Martin: The Jew in the Thorn Bush: German fairy tales and anti-semitism in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: Musäus, Naubert and the Grimms – Helen Chambers: Representations of colonial violence in the poetry of Theodor Fontane – Michael Boehringer: Gender, identity and the function of violence in Ferdinand von Saar’s Die Troglodytin – Malcolm Humble: From ‘the propaganda of the deed’ to the new community: the transformation of anarchism in Germany 1880-1920 and its reflection in literature – Ingrid Sharp: Dangerous women: woman as sexual criminal in the Weimar Republic – Michael Gratzke: Fire and blood: modernization, individuation and violence in German war literature – Maggie Sargeant: Changing notions of identity: the German soldier of the Second World War – Mary Cosgrove: Bodies of violence, violated bodies: the victimized victimizer in Albert Drach’s Holocaust autobiography – Clare Flanagan: Political violence and national identity in Germany 1945 and 1989 – Sarah Colvin: ‘Wenn deine Identität Kampf ist’: violence, gendered language and identity in the writing of Ulrike Marie Meinhof – Volker Langbehn: Deadly identity formations in Gert Heidenreich’s Füchse Jagen – Henrik Pedersen: Terror on the stage: the German ‘Red Army Faction’ (RAF) as political performance – Rebecca Beard: ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones…’: the aesthetic enactment of violence in the work of Elfriede Jelinek – Petra M. Bagley: A stolen childhood: the fact and fiction of ‘Schwarze Pädagogik’ – Monika Shafi: Spaces of violence: on the role of home, nature and gender in narratives by Karen Duve and Felicitas Hoppe – Matthias Fiedler: Crossing the boundary of the other: identity and physical violence in Georg Klein’s novel Libidissi – Christopher Jones: ‘Bestialisch dahingeschlachtet’: extreme violence in German crime fiction.