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By Stefani Engelstein

This quantity illuminates the vexed remedy of violence within the German cultural culture among an important, and notably varied, violent outbreaks: the French Revolution, and the Holocaust and moment international conflict. The contributions undermine the suggestion of violence as an intermittent or random customer within the mind's eye and significant thought of contemporary German tradition. in its place, they make a case for violence in its many manifestations as constitutive for contemporary theories of paintings, politics, identification, and enterprise. whereas the contributions elucidate developments in theories of violence best as much as the Holocaust, additionally they supply a family tree of the stakes considering ongoing discussions of the valid makes use of of violence, and of kingdom, person, and collective enterprise in its perpetration. The chapters interact the theorization of violence via research of cultural items, together with literature, museum making plans, movie, and demanding conception. This assortment can be of curiosity to students within the fields of Literary and Cultural stories, serious concept, Philosophy, Gender stories, background, Museum experiences, and past

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Ed. by Nicholas Jardin, James Secord, and Emma Spary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1996. Pp. 178–196. 2 The disciplines that turned toward the materiality of the body around 1800 in search of such purposes varied widely. Aesthetics, natural history, and surgery, but also the political rhetoric of revolution and of empire converged upon the human body as their source of authority and authenticity. Because it does not generate meaning, however, the body cannot sustain this role. Its failure to signify independently provides ideal conditions for the rise of ideologies.

2 The disciplines that turned toward the materiality of the body around 1800 in search of such purposes varied widely. Aesthetics, natural history, and surgery, but also the political rhetoric of revolution and of empire converged upon the human body as their source of authority and authenticity. Because it does not generate meaning, however, the body cannot sustain this role. Its failure to signify independently provides ideal conditions for the rise of ideologies. These ideologies share a strategy of naturalization by which they legitimate themselves through a claim to read the truth from the organization of the body, combined with an assumption that nature is normative.

16 Dorinda Outram: The Body and the French Revolution: Sex, Class and Political Culture. New Haven-London: Yale University Press 1989. P. 47. 44 betrayal. On the one hand, this cross-dressing allows Sara to assert her agency, yet, on the other, the mental and physical strain associated with it robs her of the life juices central to her own and her daughter’s health. Sara’s body illustrates contemporary perceptions regarding health and hygiene, yet the novel also points at the limited usefulness of medical discourse in times of war and conflict, especially for women.

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