This volume contains selected papers given at the conference ‘Violence, Culture and Identity’ held at St Andrews University in 2003.
It contributes to the debate on the role of culture in propagating, mediating and controlling violence in society, concentrating on the relationship between culture and identity-formation in Germany and Austria from the Middle Ages to the present. Bringing together the work of twenty-two scholars with expertise in different literary and historical periods, the volume probes the complexities of representations of violence enacted and suffered, of affirmative and non-affirmative violence in text and visual form, revealing the often blurred line between victim and victimizer. Violence in its discursive and material forms is investigated, using the theoretical tools of sociology, post-colonial and gender studies, history and psychology as well as of literary criticism. The collection of essays focuses particularly on the relationship between war and identity, on 1970s terrorism and identity, on violence and the construction of gender, and on contemporary writing in German.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. 432 pp.
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.