Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s Clare Bielby

ISBN: 9781571135308

Published: November 29th 2012

Hardcover

225 pages


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Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s  by  Clare Bielby

Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s by Clare Bielby
November 29th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 225 pages | ISBN: 9781571135308 | 6.62 Mb

As the controversy surrounding the release of Uli Edel and Bernd Eichingers 2008 feature film The Baader Meinhof Complex demonstrates, West Germanys terrorist period, which reached its height in the German autumn of 1977, is still a fascinatingMoreAs the controversy surrounding the release of Uli Edel and Bernd Eichingers 2008 feature film The Baader Meinhof Complex demonstrates, West Germanys terrorist period, which reached its height in the German autumn of 1977, is still a fascinating -- and troubling -- subject. One of the most provocative aspects, still today, is the high proportion of women involved in terrorism, most notoriously Ulrike Meinhof.

That the film concentrates on the trajectory of Meinhofs life and mobilizes established and hence reassuring paradigms of femininity in its representation of her (as mother and hysterical woman) suggests that the combination of women and violence is still threatening and that there is still mileage to be had from feminizing the discourse. The present study returns to the West German print media of the 1960s and 1970s and raises questions about the continuing preoccupation with this period. Looking at publications from the right-wing Bild to the liberal Der Spiegel, it explores how violent women -- not only terrorists but also others such as the convicted murderer and media femme fatale Vera Bruhne -- were represented in text and image.

This is the first book to explore print-media representations of German terrorism from an explicitly gendered perspective, and one of very few books in English to address the period in Germany at all, despite steadily increasing interest in the UK and the US. Clare Bielby is Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Hull.



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