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Taboos in German Literature

Edited by David Jackson

224 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-881-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 1996)

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Students of German Literature will have asked themselves at one stage or another why certain topics have received saturation treatment of the last two centuries while others have been either ignored entirely or at best grossly neglected. This book tackles this fascinating issue and illuminates why, at various junctures, specific topics and attitudes were regarded by influential sections of society as being either inadmissable or presentable only in particular, prescribed ways. While the presentation of sexual matters such as homosexuality and lesbianism is inevitably at the heart of the book, political, social, and ideological issues also loom large. The editor has recruited a team of prominent scholars to provide a penetrating, comprehensive focus that ranges from individual writers and their works, i.e., Goethe, Hölderlin, Kafka, and Thomas Mann, to specific issues, movements and periods.

David Jackson is Senior Lecturer, School of European Studies, University of Wales College of Cardiff.

Subject: General Cultural Studies
Area: Germany


Chapter 1. Text and Sub-text: Reflections on the Literary Exploration of Taboo Experience
M. Swales

Chapter 2. "Velorene Töchter": Reticence and Ambiguity in German Domestic Drama in the Late Eighteenth Century
E. McInnes

Chapter 3. Saying and Not-saying in Hölderlin's Work
D. Constantine

Chapter 4. Taboos in Poetic-Realist Writers
D. Jackson

Chapter 5. Of Madness and Masochism: Sexuality in Women's Writing at the Turn of the Century
C. Weedon

Chapter 6. The Double Taboo: Male Bodies in Kafka's Der Prozeß
E. Boa

Chapter 7. The Frustrated Poet: Homosexuality and Taboo in Der Tod in Venedig
T. J. Reed

Chapter 8. Discovering a Taboo: the Nazi Past in Literary-political Discourse 1958-1967
H. Peitsch

Chapter 9. Inarticulacy: Lesbianism and Language in post-1945 German Literature
G. Paul

Chapter 10. Sex and Politics: the Case of the GDR
J.H. Reid

Notes on Contributors

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