After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and Militancy by Charity ScribnerAfter the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and Militancy by Charity Scribner

After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and Militancy

byCharity Scribner

Hardcover | December 16, 2014

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Masterminded by women, the Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorized West Germany from the 1970s to the 1990s. Afterimages of its leaders persist in the works of pivotal artists and writers, including Gerhard Richter, Elfriede Jelinek, and Slavoj ?i?ek. Why were women so prominent in the RAF? What does the continuing cultural response to the German armed struggle tell us about the representation of violence, power, and gender today? Engaging critical theory, Charity Scribner addresses these questions and analyzes signal works that point beyond militancy and terrorism. This literature and art discloses the failures of the Far Left and registers the radical potential that RAF women actually forfeited.

After the Red Army Faction maps out a cultural history of militancy and introduces "postmilitancy" as a new critical term. As Scribner demonstrates, the most compelling examples of postmilitant culture don't just repudiate militancy: these works investigate its horizons of possibility, particularly on the front of sexual politics. Objects of analysis include as-yet untranslated essays by Theodor Adorno and Jürgen Habermas, as well as novels by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Judith Kuckart, Johann Kresnik's Tanztheaterstück Ulrike Meinhof, and the blockbuster exhibition Regarding Terror at the Berlin Kunst-Werke. Scribner focuses on German cinema, offering incisive interpretations of films by Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, and Fatih Akin, as well as the international box-office success The Baader-Meinhof Complex. These readings disclose dynamic junctures among several fields of inquiry: national and sexual identity, the disciplining of the militant body, and the relationship between mass media and the arts.

Charity Scribner is an associate professor at the City University of New York, where she teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College. She is also the author of Requiem for Communism.
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Title:After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and MilitancyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pagesPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231168640

ISBN - 13:9780231168649

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Beyond MilitancyPart 1. Militant Acts1. The Red Decade and Its Cultural Fallout2. Damaged Lives of the Far Left: Reading the RAF in Reverse3. Buildings on Fire: The Situationist International and the Red Army FactionPart II. Postmilitant Culture4. The Stammheim Complex in Marianne and Juliane5. Violence and the Tendenzwende: Engendering Victims in the Novel and Film6. Anatomies of Protest and Resistance: Meinhof, Fischer7. Regarding Terror at the Berlin Kunst-WerkeAfterword: Signs of a New SeasonNotesWorks CitedIndex

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Poised between an increasingly nostalgic tendency to romanticize the violent struggles of 1970s militants and our own deeply troubled response to the brutality of contemporary fundamentalisms, After the Red Army Faction provides us with an invaluable reflection on the complexities of past leftist terrorism and its continuing ramifications. With a keen eye for the ambiguities and blind spots of ideological extremism, Scribner examines German postmilitant culture through literature, film, dance, and the visual arts. Shunning easy cliché and superficial spectacle, she reminds us of the intellectual and human costs of the German armed struggle and of the ways gender and sexuality inflected its attitudes and representation in the media. A brilliant piece of cultural history.