Taboos in German literature / edited by David Jackson.

Providence, R.I. : Berghahn Books, 1996.
vi, 216 p. ; 23 cm.


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  • Students of German literature will have asked themselves at one stage or another why certain topics have received saturation treatment over 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 inadmissible 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, Holderlin, Kafka, and Thomas Mann, to specific issues, movements, and periods.
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Includes bibliographical references [p. [205]-216) and index.
Introduction / David Jackson -- 1. Text and Sub-Text: Reflections on the Literary Exploration of Taboo Experience / Martin Swales -- 2. 'Verlorene Tochter': Reticence and Ambiguity in German Domestic Drama in the Late Eighteenth Century / Edward McInnes -- 3. Saying and Not-Saying in Holderlin's Work / David Constantine -- 4. Taboos in Poetic-Realist Writers / David Jackson -- 5. Of Madness and Masochism: Sexuality in Women's Writing at the Turn of the Century / Chris Weedon -- 6. The Double Taboo: Male Bodies in Kafka's Der Process / Elizabeth Boa -- 7. The Frustrated Poet: Homosexuality and Taboo in Der Tod in Venedig / T. J. Reed -- 8. Discovering a Taboo: The Nazi Past in Literary-Political Discourse 1958-67 / Helmut Peitsch -- 9. Inarticulacy: Lesbianism and Language in Post-1945 German Literature / Georgina Paul -- 10. Sex and Politics: The Case of the GDR / J. H. Reid.
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