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Feminism Film Fascism : Women's Auto/Biographical Film in Postwar Germany

By (author) Susan E. Linville
Format: Hardback
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, United States
Published: 1st Jun 1998
ISBN-10: 0292746962
ISBN-13: 9780292746961
Barcode No: 9780292746961
Synopsis
"Susan Linville is an excellent writer, and she poses a very serious and persuasive challenge to much recent work on post-1945 German culture and cinema." -Patrice Petro, author of Joyless Streets: Women and Melodramatic Representation in Weimar Germany German society's inability and/or refusal to come to terms with its Nazi past has been analyzed in many cultural works, including the well-known books Society without the Father and The Inability to Mourn. In this pathfinding study, Susan Linville challenges the accepted wisdom of these books by focusing on a cultural realm in which mourning for the Nazi past and opposing the patriarchal and authoritarian nature of postwar German culture are central concerns-namely, women's feminist auto/biographical films of the 1970s and 1980s. After a broad survey of feminist theory, Linville analyzes five important films that reflect back on the Third Reich through the experiences of women of different ages-Marianne Rosenbaum's Peppermint Peace, Helma Sanders-Brahms's Germany, Pale Mother, Jutta Bruckner's Hunger Years, Margarethe von Trotta's Marianne and Juliane, and Jeanine Meerapfel's Malou. By juxtaposing these films with the accepted theories on German culture, Linville offers a fresh appraisal not only of the films' importance but especially of their challenge to misogynist interpretations of the German failure to grieve for the horrors of its Nazi past.

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