Gender and Germanness: Cultural Productions of Nation / Edition 1

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"This fascinating and informative collection of twenty-two mostly original essays showcases feminist German Studies at its finest ... Decentering Germany in our own scholarly work will help us to further challenge the settled definitions of gender and Germanness which this volume so splendidly details." ยท Women in German

Cultural Studies have been preoccupied with questions of national identity and cultural representations. At the same time, feminist studies have insisted upon the entanglement of gender with issues of nation, class, and ethnicity. Developments in the wake of German unification demand a reassessment of the nexus of gender, Germanness and nationhood. The contributors to this volume pursue these strands of the cultural debate in German history, literature, visual arts, and language over a period of three hundred years in sections devoted to History and the Canon, Visual Culture, Germany and Her "Others," and Language and Power.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571811134
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Modern German Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Looking for Germania 1
Pt. I Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century
Ch. 1 The Beautiful, the Ugly, and the German: Race, Gender and Nationality in Eighteenth-Century Anthropological Discourse 21
Ch. 2 Sophie La Roche as a German Patriot 36
Ch. 3 Romantic Nationalism: Achim von Arnim's Gypsy Princess Isabella 51
Ch. 4 How to Think about Germany: Nationality, Gender, and Obsession in Heine's "Night Thoughts" 66
Ch. 5 The Fatherland's Kiss of Death: Gender and Germany in Nineteenth-Century Historical Fiction 82
Pt. II Rethinking History and Canons
Ch. 6 The Challenge of "Missing Contents" for Canon Formation in German Studies 101
Ch. 7 Feminism and Motherhood in Germany and in International Perspective 1800-1914 113
Ch. 8 "Truly Womanly" and "Truly German": Women's Rights and National Identity in Die Frau 129
Ch. 9 The Ladies' Auxiliary of German Literature: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers and the Quest for a National Literary History 145
Pt. III Visual Culture
Ch. 10 En-Gendering Mass Culture: The Case of Zarah Leander 161
Ch. 11 Nazism as Femme Fatale: Recuperations of Cinematic Masculinity in Postwar Berlin 176
Ch. 12 Visualizing the Nation: Madonnas and Mourning Mothers in Postwar Germany 189
Ch. 13 Framing the Unheimlich: Heimatfilm and Bambi 202
Ch. 14 Rape, Nation, and Remembering History: Helke Sander's Liberators Take Liberties 217
Pt. IV Germany and Her "Others"
Ch. 15 "Germany is Full of Germans Now": Germanness in Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy and Chantal Ackerman's Meeting with Anna 235
Ch. 16 Bodies for Germany, Bodies for Socialism: The German Democratic Republic Devises a Gay (Male) Body 248
Ch. 17 Patterns of Consciousness and Cycles of Self-Destruction: Nation, Ethnicity, and Gender in Herta Muller's Prose 263
Ch. 18 Germania Displaced? Reflections on the Discourses of Female Asylum Seekers and Ethnic Germans 276
Ch. 19 GERMANIA - Just a Male Construction? Gender, Germanness, and Feminism in East German Women Writers 290
Ch. 20 The Price of Feminism: Of Women and Turks 305
Pt. V Fatherland and Mother Tongue
Ch. 21 Language is Publicity for Men - but enough is enough! 323
Ch. 22 The New Duden: Out of Date Already? 327
Contributors 331
Index 337
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