Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society by Helen ChambersViolence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society by Helen Chambers

Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society

EditorHelen Chambers

Paperback | December 19, 2005

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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.
The Editor: Helen Chambers is Professor of German at St Andrews University. She has published widely on modern German and Austrian literature, on reception history and Anglo-German cultural relations.
Title:Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:5.91 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:December 19, 2005Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039102664

ISBN - 13:9783039102662


Table of Contents

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.