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Mine-Haha: or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls

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At once a dystopian fantasy and a critique of sexual norms, Mine-Haha describes a unique boarding institution for girls—part idyllic refuge, part prison—where pupils are trained only in the physical arts of movement, dance, and music, before issuing them into an adult world for which they have (unwittingly) been prepared. The narrator is an old woman recalling her strange childhood and the story is focused through the eyes of her earlier self. Praised by Leon Trotsky in 1908 for its progressive ...

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Overview

At once a dystopian fantasy and a critique of sexual norms, Mine-Haha describes a unique boarding institution for girls—part idyllic refuge, part prison—where pupils are trained only in the physical arts of movement, dance, and music, before issuing them into an adult world for which they have (unwittingly) been prepared. The narrator is an old woman recalling her strange childhood and the story is focused through the eyes of her earlier self. Praised by Leon Trotsky in 1908 for its progressive outlook, this symbolist novella is here presented alongside two rare, complementary short-fiction pieces: The Burning of Egliswyl and The Sacrificial Lamb.

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"This novella, translated into English from German for the first time, reads as controversially now as it did when he wrote it in 1903 . . . fresh, perverse and disconcerting."  —Observer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843914556
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Hesperus Modern Voices
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,405,028
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Frank Wedekind (1864–1918) was a German author and dramatist. He is best known for his play Spring Awakening and for his Lulu plays, the basis for acclaimed Louise Brooks film Pandora's Box.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    Good Novella and Two Average Short Stories

    This collection consists of a novella and two short stories, and all three show Wedekind's interest in sexuality beyond societal norms. The title novella is by far the most disturbing, as it describes a sort of distopian society where young children are trained in dancing and theater for the adult society's pedophilic viewing. Wedekind leaves the possibility that the society described is an imaginary one, but his presentation certainly puts any theatrical presentation that involves children in an unfavorable light. The short stories, "The Sacrificial Lamb" and "The Burning of Egliswyl" show similar interest in abnormal sexual appetites and roles. While I wouldn't use these three stories to indicate that Wedekind is a master of short fiction, but I would certainly be interested in reading some of his drama.

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