Women and Death 3

Women and Death 3

Women's Representations of Death in German Culture since 1500

Edited by Clare Bielby, Anna Richards


Camden House



Studies representations of women and death by women to see whether and how they differ from patriarchal versions.
In Western culture, women are often linked with death, perhaps because they are traditionally constructed as an unknowable "other." The first two Women and Death volumes investigate ideas about death and the feminine as represented in German culture since 1500, focusing, respectively, on the representation of women as victims and killers and the idea of the woman warrior, and confirming that women who kill or die violent or untimely deaths exercise fascination even as they pose a threat. The traditions of representation traced in the first two volumes, however, are largely patriarchal. What happens when it is women who produce the representations? Do they debunk or reject the dominant discourses of sexual fascination around women and death? Do they replace them with more sober or "realistic" representations, with new forms, modes, and language? Or do women writers and artists, inescapably bound up in patriarchal tradition, reproduce its paradigms? This third volume in the series investigates these questions in ten essays written by an international group of expert scholars. It will be of interest to scholars and students of German literature and culture, gender studies, and film studies. Contributors: Judith Aikin, Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Jill Bepler, Stephanie Bird, Abigail Dunn, Stephanie Hilger, Elisabeth Krimmer, Aine McMurtry, Simon Richter, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly. Clare Bielby is Lecturer in German at the University of Hull. Anna Richards is Lecturer in German at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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May 2010
3 black and white illustrations
234 pages
8.75x5.75 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571134394
Format: Hardback
Camden House
BISAC LIT004170, HIS014000, SOC028000
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Practicing Piety: Representations of Women's Dying in German Funeral Sermons of the Early Modern Period - Jill Bepler
"Ich Sterbe": The Construction of the Dying Self in the Advance Preparations for Death of Lutheran Women in Early Modern Germany - Judith P. Aikin
The "New Mythology": Myth and Death in Karoline von Günderrode's Literary Work - Barbara Becker-Cantarino
The Murderess on Stage: Christine Westphalen's Charlotte Corday (1804) - Stephanie Hilger
"Ob im Tode mein Ich geboren wird?" The Representation of the Widow in Hedwig Dohm's "Werde, die du bist!" (1894) - Abigail Dunn
The Figure of Judith in Works by German Women Writers between 1895 and 1921 - Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
Lola Doesn't: Cinema, Jouissance, and the Avoidance of Murder and Death - Simon Richter
Death, Being, and the Place of Comedy in Representations of Death - Stephanie Bird
"Liebe ist ein Kunstwerk": The Appeal to Gaspara Stampa in Ingeborg Bachmann's Todesarten - Aine McMurtry
TV Nation: The Representation of Death in Warfare in Works by Peter Handke and Elfriede Jelinek - Elisabeth Krimmer


The range . . . is impressive. . . . This is a volume of impressive insights and is well worth reading. GERMAN QUARTERLY

A valuable collection . . . . Recommended. CHOICE

All chapters are interesting and useful reads for scholars of German culture, gender, and media . . . all the works in this volume . . . encourage the reader to think about women and violence in different ways. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW

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