Institute of Modern Languages Research

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Edited by Lindsay Mary Newman
December 1, 1979
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Edited by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson
March 1, 1984
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Eric A. Blackall
December 1, 1984
Kim Richmond
February 19, 2016
One of the few major enquiries into women’s narratives of political incarceration, this volume examines first-person accounts written against a backdrop of momentous historical events in twentieth-century Germany. Rosa Luxemburg’s prison letters are the starting point for the study, which explores the ways in which writing is used as a response to incarceration: how does the writer ‘perform’ femininity within the de-feminizing context of prison? How does she negotiate a self-representation as a ‘good’ woman? Central to this investigation is an awareness of the role of language as a means of empowerment within the disempowering environment of prison. As a key female political figure in twentieth-century Germany, Luxemburg wrote letters from...
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Nicholas Saul and University of London
November 1, 1984
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Edited by Charmian Brinson, etc., R DOVE, M. Malet, and J. Taylor
February 1, 1996
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Kevin Hilliard and University of London
January 1, 1987
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Edited by Rudiger Gorner and Duncan Large
January 1, 2004
Mererid Puw Davies
December 22, 2016
The 1960s protest movements marked an astonishing moment for West Germany. They developed a political critique, but are above all distinctive for their overwhelming emphasis on culture and the symbolic. In particular, reading and writing had a uniquely prestigious status for West German protesters, who produced an extraordinary textual culture ranging from graffiti and flyers to agit-prop poetry and autobiographical prose. By turns witty, provocative, reflective and offensive, the avantgarde roots of anti-authoritarianism are as palpable in their texts as their debt to high literature. But due to this culture’s (apparently) anti-literary tone, it has often remained illegible to traditional criticism. This volume presents close...