Author: Verena Stefan File Type: pdf SheddingAuthor(s) Verena Stefan, Johanna Moore and Beth WeckmuellerSource New German Critique, No. 13, Special Feminist Issue (Winter, 1978), pp. 133-152As any fledgling novelist soon learns, the odds against a first workas well as popular acclaimbecoming a bestseller worthy of critical attentionare astronomical at best. And if the book is brought out by an unknownpublishing house whose meager budget precludes any promotional fanfarewhatsoever, the likelihood of such success becomes miniscule indeed. YetVerena Stefans Hiutungen (Shedding), the book from which the followingexcerpt was taken, enjoyed just such a reception upon publication in 1975 byFRA UENOFFENSIVE, a small, West German feministpublisher. Despitethe total absence of commercial publicity and a small first printingrun, morethan 135,000 copies of this slim volume - a highly autobiographical,innovative blend of prose and poetry - had been sold by the endlinguistically1977.Such popularity, especially in conjunction with the wide criticalofattention paid Hiiutungen by the bourgeois as well as the left and feministin the book was not limited to any small,press, makes it apparent that interestideologically homogenous group.The reasons underlyingthis remarkablehave yet to be adequatelyreceptionexplained, but judging from the reviews and analyses which have appeared, atleast one important contributingfactor can be postulated. It is clear that-precisely because of Stefans intenselypersonal, experientialperspectiveone not as common in contemporaryliteraturein West Germany as itfeministis in the U. S. - her novel very often triggereda kind of gut-level reaction inreaders. In many cases the book struck a responsive chord of positive identifi-cation, in others it touched an unpleasantlyraw nerve, but in either event theresult was the sort of aha! moment which more impersonal, theoreticalworks generally fail to evoke. It is precisely in the context of this attempttointegrate the realm of the intensely personal with that of the undeniablypolitical that we must examine the books true aim and impact.Literature coming out of the left almost invariably concerns itself withsocial change, indeed, complaints and remedies abound, but unlike many ofher contemporariesto present a blueprintStefan does not so much attemptforastakeacritical look at the status quo of female and malechangerelentlesslybehavior patterns in modern society. Stefan does not sit back and dispenseNew GermanCritiquebutintrospectivelygleaned wisdom from a vantage point of superiority,her own phases of increasinginstead leads the reader throughawareness.she discussesthe phenomenonthose protectiveWhen,for example,of armor,liesandwhichwebuildaroundin orderourselveslayers ofself-deceptionupto be shieldedbutwhichresultinthetofrom vulnerability,ultimatelyinabilityhave trulyhumane relationships,she does so from the perspectiveonewhoofis still in the process of sheddingher own layers of armor (whencethe title).And when we see her finally abandoninginthepossibilityhopeof buildingsuch a humane relationshipwith a man after having spent years tryingtooneintheherwhichseeinsteadtochange (Samuelfollows),excerptturningthe possibilityanintimateitwithaistheof buildingrelationship woman, fromunchartedterrain.Theof one still in the process of exploringperspectivesuchliestheathearttheanddescriptionofexperiencesof novel, yet Stefanthat her narrativebe somethingmore than the record of oneclearly intendsaim is to lead both herselfand her reader towomans struggles,for her largeran understandingtheintricaciesis perceptivewhichofof patriarchalsocietytoresultinaction.enoughpositiveattitudetowardsa furtherStefans criticallanguageprovidesexample ofher awarenesssexualandtotheneedthearticulatesocial implicationsrolesofin everydayinteractionbehavior.Some of the subtletieshave noof role-baseddoubt been lost in translation,intheis madethereaderparticularly originalaware of the difficultiesin any attemptinherentto writeliteraturefeministwhen the only linguistictools available are those of an androcentriclanguage.use of the language,her breakingdownStefans unorthodoxfor instancetraditionalandwordsinordertotheaccentuatepatterns splittingcompoundlost meaningtheirtocontributedofparts, certainlycomponentHiutungensto innovativebut thisliterature,popular appeal among readers receptiveasmustalsobeviewedinthecontextaspect implicitcritiqueof Stefanslargeraim. Most simplythis aim reveals itselfas a desire to use literatureas a vehicleto criticaltofor the transitionfrom introspectionappraisal and, ultimately,action which will improvethe social realityallwomenandmen.forsuccess in leavingmore than aStefansgoal may be clear, but her ultimatemarkonherwillaudiencefleetingliteraryunexpectedlylargedepend onor not these people will, as Stefanwhethertakethetime andwonders,herselfto discover that leading one single life differentlyis importanteffortfor those same readers whoradically changingsociety as a whole. Hopefully,will in fact be challengedto gofound themselvesnodding in agreementto that of personal initiativeand beyond the stage of personal identificationwill take up the strugglefor institutionalchange.Johanna Moore and Beth Weckmuell
Author: Heidi Bickis
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What does Lyotards thought offer contemporary theory? By focusing on key concepts and themes from his later texts, such as affect, aesthetics, Andre Malraux, St Paul, nihilism, infancy, space and writing, Rereading Jean-FranAois Lyotard Essays on His Later Works explores the impact and relevance of Lyotards largely undiscussed late philosophical works for contemporary theoretical debates. In his works produced from 1990 until his death in 1998, Lyotard addresses a number of themes that both revisit and move beyond those from his earlier work. These include art and aesthetics affect ethics and politics modernity and the subject. Despite designating these texts as part of a late period, the chapters do not exclude a wider engagement with Lyotards thought and often seek to engage in connections, resonances and developments across his many texts. Each chapter within this book places Lyotard as a figure with much to offer current theoretical debates, reasserts Lyotard as an important thinker for developments in social thought, and draws out the many links between his philosophical work and broader social questions. This is the first work in English to focus on Lyotards later writings and will therefore be a key text to all scholars of his ideas. **Review A Yankee Book Peddler US Core Title for 2013 About the Author Heidi Bickis, University of Alberta, Canada. Rob Shields, University of Alberta, Canada.
Author: Phyllis Whitsell
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The astonishing real story of a daughters search for her own past, and the desperate mother who gave her up I lit the candle and prayed for my birth mother, asking God to take care of her. It was as if I had made some kind of connection with her. Even at such a young age, I found it difficult to understand, but I always feared that she was in danger and needed my prayers. It was the only thing at the time that I could do for her. I feared that she might be coming to some harm and that she was not happy, but I was helpless and had nobody to talk to about my feelings. The only thing at that time was to pray that her guardian angel would take care of her and keep her from harm. Phyllis Whitsell began the search for her birth mother as a young woman, and although it was many years before she finally met her, their lives had crossed on the journey without their knowledge. When they both eventually sat down together C the circumstances were extraordinary, moving and ultimately life-changing. This is a daughters personal account of the remarkable relationship that grew from abandonment into love, understanding and selfless care.**About the Author Phyllis Whitsell is a registered nurse who has worked in most hospital departments from A&E to midwifery as well as community nursing, Phyllis now cares for dementia patients in her home town of Birmingham. She has three grown up children. She enjoys travelling, particularly to Greece where she does most of her writing.
Author: Michael Krüger
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In the Cold War era, sport was not just a symbol of the power and strength of a nation-state, but of certain ideological systems of politics. With the pressure for athletes to succeed at its zenith, many East German athletes were given anabolic steroids by their countrys own sport federation. While doping in East Germany has been intensely researched in the past decades, the state of West German athletics during this time has remained largely a mystery. In fact, doping was a common practice on both sides of the Iron Curtain. But how many athletes were involved? And who knew about these practices? In order to answer these questions, the Federal Institute for Sport Science in Germany supported a research project to shed light on the other, West German side of doping history. Based on analyses of authentic documents and archives, German Sports, Doping and Politics A History of Performance Enhancement is a unique study spanning from 1950-2007. Translated from its original German, and supplemented with new material written especially for an international audience, this innovative book addresses many important questions about a topic with worldwide implications. Part I deals with the history of doping in the post-war period of the 1950s and 60s Part II focuses on the apex of doping, as well as the beginnings of the anti-doping movement and Part III considers the development of doping since the Reunification and the foundation of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the National Anti-Doping Agency in Germany. Written for a global audience, German Sports, Doping, and Politics explains and reveals the truly remarkable processes of doping and anti-doping that have evolved since the Cold War. While sports historians will find this book of great interest, it is also a significant study for anyone who wants to look beyond the surface of sports and doping as reported by the media.
Author: David Platten
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For 150 years the French public and literati have enjoyed a love affair with crime fiction. This book investigates the nature of this relationship and how through periods of dramatic social and political change in France it has flourished. It challenges the conventional view of a popular genre feeding a niche market, depicting crime fiction instead as a field of creative endeavour, which has gradually matured into one of considerable literary fertility. By inviting us to share secrets and crack codes, creating suspense and (at times) not shirking from presenting horrific events in graphic language, the crime story brings into play the intellect and emotions of its readership. This book explores both this intrinsic literary value of the crime novel and its extrinsic witness to historical events and cultural trends, arguing that these apparently distinct aspects are in fact dynamic, interrelated parts of the same whole. This blend of cultural history with literary analysis allows for the discussion of themes such as politics, memory, the urban environment and youth cultures, mixed with case studies of major French crime writers, including Gaston Leroux, Georges Simenon, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Daniel Pennac and Fred Vargas.**
Author: Thomas Pickles
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Inspired by studies of Carolingian Europe, Kingship, Society and the Church in Anglo-Saxon Yorkshire argues that the social strategies of local kin-groups drove conversion to Christianity and church building in Yorkshire from 400-1066 AD. It challenges the emphasis that has been placed on the role and agency of Anglo-Saxon kings in conversion and church building, and moves forward the debate surrounding the minster hypothesis through an inter-disciplinary case study. Members of Deiran kin-groups faced uncertainties that predisposed them to consider conversion as a social strategy, in their rule between 600 and 867. Their decision to convert produced a new social fraction - the ecclesiastical aristocracy - with a distinctive but fragile identity. The ecclesiastical aristocracy transformed kingship, established a network of religious communities, and engaged in the conversion of the laity. The social and political instabilities produced by conversionalong with the fragility of ecclesiastical identity resulted in the expropriation and re-organization of many religious communities. Nevertheless, the Scandinavian and West Saxon kings and their nobles allied with wealthy and influential archbishops of York, and there is evidence for the survival,revival, or foundation of religious communities as well as the establishment of local churches. **About the Author Thomas Pickles was born and grew up in Whitby, North Yorkshire. He studied for a BA, M. St. and D. Phil. in History at Wadham College, University of Oxford. He was a Fellow by Special Election of St Catherines College, University of Oxford, a Lecturer in History in the Centre for Medieval Studies and Department of History at the University of York, and a Lecturer in History and Archaeology in the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Birkbeck, before joining the Department of History at the University of Chester.
Author: Henry Yule
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The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. The first series, which ran from 1847 to 1899, consists of 100 books containing published or previously unpublished works by authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and covering voyages to the New World, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This volume, first published in 1866, is the second of two compilations edited by Colonel Henry Yule on contacts with China before the discovery of sea routes to the east. It contains extracts from the work of Rashiduddin (1247-1318) describing China during the Mongol rule, Ibn Batutas account of travel in Bengal and China in the fourteenth century, and a record of the journey of the Portuguese Jesuit Benedict Goes from Agra to Cathay (1602-1607).Book DescriptionThe publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. This 1866 compilation, the second of two focusing on contacts with China before the discovery of sea routes, includes Arabic and Persian accounts as well as those of Europeans.