The Creative Dialectic in Karen Blixen's Essays: On Gender, Nazi Germany, and Colonial Desire

The Creative Dialectic in Karen Blixen's Essays: On Gender, Nazi Germany, and Colonial Desire

by Marianne Stecher

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788763540612
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marianne Stecher is associate professor of Danish and Scandinavian literature at the University of Washington. She is the author of History Revisited: Fact and Fiction in Thorkild Hansen’s Documentary Works

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
Part One
 
On Feminism and Womanliness in “Oration at a Bonfire” and “The Blank Page”
 
     Blixen’s Feminism and Feminist Criticism
 
     Reading “Oration at a Bonfire”—Rethinking Feminism
 
     The Bonfire Oration in Dialogue with Ortega y Gasset
 
     Feminine Attire—Essence and Construction
 
     Blixen’s Entreaty to Postwar Feminists
 
     Women and History—From Gender to Existence
         
     Womanly Essence and “The Blank Page”
 
Part Two
 
On Nazism as a “One-Sexed Community” in “Letters from a Land at War”
 
     A Soldier’s Daughter and the Warrier Ethos
 
     Hitler’s Magnetism and Invitations to Germany
 
     Investigating the Original Typescripts
 
     Blixen Criticism, the Wivel Debate, and the Heretics
 
     “The Foreword”—The Narrative Strategy of Neutrality
 
     “An Old Hero in Bremen”—The Chivalrous Enemy
 
     “Great Undertakings in Berlin”—The New German Religion
 
     “Strength and Joy”—The Gospel of the Will to Power
 
     “The Stage”—Art or Propaganda
 
     Postwar Reflections—Two Kinds of Courage
 
Part Three
 
On Colonial Desire in “Blacks and Whites in Africa,” Out of Africa, and Shadows on the Grass
 
     Venerable Artifacts of the Colonial Past
 
     Ambivalence and Mimicry in Out of Africa and “Farah”
 
     Colonial Denmark, Postcolonial Criticism, and Blixen’s Legacy
 
     “Blacks and Whites in Africa”—Colonial Power as Illusion
 
      “Kitosch’s Story”—White Prestige
 
     “Farah”—Affectionate Paternalism in the Master/Slave Dialectic
 
     “Barua a Soldani”—Desire, Gift, and Sacrifice
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix: Karen Blixen, “Blacks and Whites in Africa” (1938)
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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