Facing fascism and confronting the past: German women writers from Weimar to the present

TitleFacing fascism and confronting the past: German women writers from Weimar to the present
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsFrederiksen, Elke, and Martha Kaarsberg Wallach
Number of Pages320
PublisherState University of New York Press
CityAlbany, U.S.A.

Spanning almost the entire twentieth century, from the 1920s to the 1990s, this book gives voice to both Jewish and non-Jewish women writers from German-speaking countries who were silenced during the Nazi years. Discussions on gender, patriarchy, and fascism are brought to bear on the works of Nely Sachs, Anna Seghers, Elisabeth Langgasser, Ingeborg Drewitz, Luise Rineser, Grete Weil, Christa Wolf, and others. The book also includes an autobiographical account of a Holocaust survivor's experience. In light of recent political events in Europe, this book is particularly relevant. [Jacket.]

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Growing up in the eye of the firestorm : a Jewish childhood under the Nazis / Ruth Kluger
Primitive and the modern : Gottfried Benn and Else Lasker-Schüler / Gisela Brinker-Gabler
"This number is not in service:" : destabilizing identities in Irmgard Keun's novels from Weimar and exile / Ritta Jo Horsley
Victims or perpetrators? Literary responses to women's roles in National Socialism / Elaine Martin
Literary antifascism : Anna Segher's exile writings 1936 to 1949 / Gertraud Gutzmann
Turning the gaze inward : Gertrud Kolmar's Briefe an die Schwester Hilde 1938-1943 / Monika Shafi
Reconstructing mother
the myth and the real : autobiographical texts by Elisabeth Langgässer and Cordelia Edvardson / Helga Kraft
At home in exile
Nelly Sachs : flight and metamorphosis / Ruth Dinesen
Echoes of exile : the literary response to the exiles by American women writers / Guy Stern
Interchange between experience and literature : German-Jewish women writers of the Holocaust / Dagmar C.G. Lorenz
Luise Rinser : dialogues with the past? The problem of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past) / Elke P. Frederiksen
Ingeborg Drewitz : three generations of women respond to Fascism / Margaret E. Ward
Fact, fantasy, and female subjectivity : Vergangenheitsbewältigung in Christa Wolf's Patterns of Childhood / Robert C. Holub
Grete Weil : a Jewish Antigone / Elke Liebs --
Gender, film, and German history : filmmaking by German women directors from Weimar to the present / Richard W. McCormick --
Look at the current situation of women in Germany / Renate Möhrmann --
New scholarly perspectives / Sara Lennox.

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