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Jeremiah, Emily (2013)
Publisher: Rodopi
Languages: English
Types: Part of book or chapter of book
Subjects: CLL
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    • Larissa Boehning, Schwalbensommer, Berlin: Eichborn, 2003.
    • Larissa Boehning, Lichte Stoffe, Berlin: Eichborn, 2007. See here the Deutscher Buchpreis website, at: http://www.deutscher-buchpreis.de/de/135020?valid=true& meldungs_id=153142 (accessed 20 April 2011). Boehning was awarded the MaraCassens-Preis for first novels. See http://www.literaturhaus-hamburg.de/lit/ page/86/index.html (accessed 18 April 2011).
    • Anne Haeming, 'Gewebte Geschichte - die junge Autorin Larissa Boehning', at: http://www.goethe.de/kue/lit/aug/de3950869.htm (accessed 18 April 2011).
    • According to Haeming, Boehning has been viewed as 'die neue Judith Hermann' and as 'ein Fräuleinwunder'. The term 'literarisches Fräuleinwunder' was put forward in a now notorious article in Der Spiegel, where it was used to denote a group of emerging women writers: Volker Hage, 'Ganz schön abgedreht', Der Spiegel, 12 (1999), pp. 244-246, here p. 245. See also Peter Graves, 'Karen Duve, Kathrin Schmidt, Judith Hermann: “Ein literarisches Fräuleinwunder”?', German Life and Letters, 55: 2 (2002), 196-207.
    • Larissa Boehning, Das Glück der Zikaden, Cologne: KiWi, 2011.
    • Haeming notes Boehning's success in gaining awards: Haeming,'Gewebte Geschichte'. Boehning has a piece in Smoke.Geschichten vom Blauen Dunst, Cadolzburg: Ars Vivendi, 2008. A story from Schwalbensommer, 'Zaungäste', appears as: Larissa Boehning, 'Something for Nothing' in: Helen Constantine, ed., Berlin Tales, trans. Lyn Marven, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 145- 169.
    • Haeming, 'Gewebte Geschichte'. Since 2007, Boehning has lived in Berlin.
    • Emily Jeremiah, 'Sibylle Berg, Die Fahrt: Literature, Germanness, and Globalization', in: Lyn Marven and Stuart Taberner, eds., Emerging German Novelists, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011, pp.133-147.
    • 10 Merkel's statement to the effect that multiculturalism in Germany has failed is defined by one observer as 'Merkels globales PR-Desaster', Die Zeit, 27 October 2010, at: http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2010-10/multikultiwesten-ansehen (accessed 18 April 2011). The so-called 'Sarrazin-Debatte' around migration and integration was triggered by the publication of Thilo Sarrazin's Deutschland schafft sich ab. Wir wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen, Munich: Deutscher Verlags-Anstalt, 2010.
    • 11 Mary Fulbrook notes that following the Holocaust, any notion of a German national identity has been 'uniquely problematic, uniquely tortured'. Mary Fulbrook, German National Identity after the Holocaust, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1999, p. 19.
    • 13 Rosi Braidotti, Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994, p. 5; Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture, London: Routledge, 1994, p. 277.
    • 14 Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman, 'Introduction: Emerging Models of Materiality in Feminist Theory', in: Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman, eds., Material Feminisms, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008, pp. 1-19.
    • 15 Katharina Oguntoye, May Ayim/Opitz and Dagmar Schultz, eds., Farbe bekennen. Afro-deutsche Frauen auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte, Berlin: Orlanda Frauenverlag, 2006, p. 18.
    • 16 Ika Hügel-Marshall, Daheim unterwegs. Ein deutsches Leben, Berlin: Orlanda Frauenverlag, 1998.
    • 17 It is noteworthy that Hügel-Marshall was removed from her family and sent to a children's home, whilst in Boehning's novel Evi remains with her mother.
    • 18 May Opitz, 'Rassismus, Sexismus und vorkoloniales Afrikabild in Deutschland', in: Oguntoye, Ayim/Opitz and Schultz, eds., Farbe bekennen, pp. 25-72.
    • 19 Between 1945 and 1955, c. 67, 770 children were born to soldiers of the occupying forces and German women in the Federal Republic of Germany. Of those, 4776 were the children of African-American or Moroccan soldiers. See Yara-Colette Lemke Muniz de Faria, '“Germany's 'Brown Babies' Must Be Helped! Will You?”: U.S. Adoption Plans for Afro-German Children', Callaloo, 26:2 (2003), 342-362 (here: p. 344). May Opitz, 'Afro-Deutsche nach 1945 - Die sogenannten “Besatzungskinder”', in: Oguntoye, Ayim/Opitz and Schultz, eds., Farbe bekennen, pp. 93-110.
    • 20 See the Initiative Schwarze Menschen http://www.isdonline.de/ (accessed 18 April 2011).
    • 21 May Ayim, 'soul sister', blues in schwarz weiss, Berlin: Orlanda Frauenverlag, 2005, pp. 56-7. For a good introduction to Lorde's writings, see: Audre Lorde, The Audre Lorde Compendium: Essays, Speeches and Journals, London: Harper Collins, 1996.
    • 22 Opitz, 'Rassismus, Sexismus und vorkoloniales Afrikabild in Deutschland', pp. 32-35.
    • 23 Patricia Hill Collins refers to the 'intersecting oppressions of race, class, and gender', also pointing out the sidelining of Black feminists by their white counterparts: Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, New York: Routledge Classics, 2009, pp. 11, 8. See also Bell Hooks's critique of white, middle-class feminism, in Bell Hooks, 'Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory', in: Joy James and T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, eds., The Black Feminist Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, pp. 131-145 (here: pp. 131-133).
    • 24 May Ayim, 'grenzenlos und unverschämt', blues in schwarz weiss, p. 61.
    • 25 See, for example, May Ayim, 'blues in schwarz weiss', blues in schwarz weiss, pp. 82-83. Note also the subtitle of 'grenzenlos und unverschämt': 'ein gedicht gegen die deutsche sch-einheit', blues in schwarz weiss, p. 61.
    • 26 Boehning, Lichte Stoffe, p. 94. Further references are given in parentheses in the body of the article in the form (LS page number).
    • 27 Judith Butler, Giving an Account of Oneself , New York: Fordham University Press, 2005. This work forms a contribution to moral philosophy, asking how the subject, which can never give a full or final account of itself, can still be held accountable. As one reviewer summarises: 'Butler contends that by rethinking the self as always already interrupted by the other and as always embedded within prior social structures, we are actually able to reconceive the conditions upon which responsibility is possible and moral life required.' J. Aaron Simmons, 'Review of Giving an Account of Oneself', JCRT, 7:2 (2006), 85-90 (here: p. 85).
    • 28 This question is also encountered by Ayim in her dealings with white Germans. See May Ayim, 'afro-deutsch I', blues in schwarz weiss, pp. 18-19.
    • 29 On the anger of black women, see Audre Lorde, 'The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism', in: Lorde, The Audre Lorde Compendium, pp. 172-180.
    • 30 Ruth Frankenberg, White Woman, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1993, p. 1. Frankenberg also refers to 'an older racist discourse wherein it was thought that color “rubs off”' (p. 40).
    • 32 See here Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation, trans. Sheila Faria Glaser, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1995.
    • 33 Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. See also Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman, 'Introduction: Emerging Models of Materiality in Feminist Theory', in: Alaimo, Hekman, eds., Material Feminisms, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008; which explains; 'Barad's goal is to articulate “how matter comes to matter” and to define what she calls “posthumanist performativity”. Her concept incorporates the material and the discursive, the human and the nonhuman, the natural and the cultural, while challenging these dichotomies and the givenness of the categories'. Ibid. (p. 11).
    • 34 Margaret Littler, 'Cultural Memory and Identity Formation in the Berlin Republic', in: Stuart Taberner, ed., Contemporary German Fiction: Writing in the Berlin Republic, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007, pp. 177-195 (here: p. 193).
    • 35 Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism , London: Verso, 1983.
    • 36 Elizabeth Boa and Rachel Palfreyman, Heimat - A German Dream: Regional Loyalties and National Identity in German Culture 1890-1990, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
    • 37 Peter Blickle, Heimat: A Critical Theory of the German Idea of Homeland, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2002, pp. 4, 17.
    • 38 Compare Jeremiah, 'Sibylle Berg, Die Fahrt'.
    • 39 Compare Sibylle Berg, Amerika, Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, 1999.
    • 40 Sara Ahmed et al., 'Introduction', in: Sara Ahmed et al., eds., Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration, Oxford: Berg, 2003, pp. 1-19 (here: p. 9). See Emily Jeremiah, 'Seeing Strangely: Migration and Gender in the Work of Birgit Vanderbeke', in: David Clarke and Renate Rechtien, eds., The Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009, pp. 67-84 (here: p. 68).
    • 41 Miesner ,'Unter der Käseglocke'.
    • 42 Butler, Giving an Account, p. 43.
    • 43 As Boehning observes, 'Die Enkel haben es oft leichter, zu den Großeltern Kontakt aufzunehmen als die Töchter und Söhne. Da sind die Verletzungen und Geheimnisse oft zu groß, als dass man sie aussprechen könnte.' Miesner, 'Unter
    • 44 The Modern Girl Around the World Research Group, The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008, p. 9.
    • 45 Adrienne Rich, 'Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence', Signs, 5: 4 (1980), pp. 631-660, here p. 637. The term 'lesbian continuum' denotes 'a range - through each woman's life and throughout history - of woman-identified experience' (p. 648).
    • 46 Helen Finch, 'Transnationalism, Memory and Virtual Spaces: Larissa Boehning and the Berlin Generation'. Paper delivered at a symposium entitled 'Larissa Boehning and Contemporary Literature', University of Liverpool, 9 April 2011. Many thanks to Lyn Marven for organising this stimulating event, and to all the participants for their very helpful feedback.
    • 48 Luce Irigaray, 'Women-mothers, the silent substratum of the social order', trans. David Macey, in: Margaret Whitford, ed., The Irigaray Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1991, pp. 33-46.
    • 49 For example: 'Gyn/Ecology is weaving the way past the dead past and the dry places, weaving our world tapestry out of genesis and demise.' Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecology, London: The Women's Press, 1991.
    • 52 Iris Marion Young, 'House and Home: Feminist Variations on a Theme', in: Iris Marion Young, ed., On Female Body Experience: 'Throwing Like a Girl' and Other Essays, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 123-154 (here: p. 140).
    • 54 Jackie Hogan, Gender, Race and National Identity: Nations of Flesh and Blood, New York: Routledge, 2009, p. 6: 'Discourses of national identity are gendered and racialized in ways that reflect and reinforce hierarchies of power.'
    • 55 See here The Modern Girl Around the World Research Group, The Modern Girl Around the World; see also Barbara Mennel, 'Alina Bronsky, Scherbenpark: Global Ghetto Girl', in: Marven and Taberner, eds., Emerging German-Language Novelists of the Twenty-First Century, pp. 162-178. Mennel's chapter refers to a
    • 56 Iris Radisch, 'Die alten Männer und das junge Mädchen', Die Zeit, 19 February 2010, at: http://www.zeit.de/2010/08/Helene-Hegemann-Medien (accessed 20 April 2011). The article deals with the responses to the young writer Helene Hegemann. During the symposium entitled 'Larissa Boehning and Contemporary Literature', Boehning expressed her frustration at the continued obsession with the concept of 'Genie' in German literary culture, a term applied exclusively to male authors.
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