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German bodies : race and representation after Hitler
Linke, Uli.
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Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1370 Lexile.

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GT497.G3 L55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Uli Linkeis Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and Professor at the Ludwig-Uhland-Institut of Cultural Anthropology at Tuebingen University. She is the author of Blood andNation: The European Aesthetics of Race(1999).

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Choice Review

Linke's message is sobering: the attitudes that produced the Holocaust still run strong in Germany more than half a century later. Drawing on psychoanalysis and linguistic theory as much as on historical evidence, Linke seeks to demonstrate that even now Germans continue to define themselves in terms of whiteness and consanguinity, and to see as alien and threatening all those who are not clearly German. Linke reaches back to the late 19th century to show how a specifically German sense of identity arose at the same time that Germany became an imperial power, and she argues that Germans today maintain a sense of self and other that is positively corporeal. And that is by no means the whole story, since this German sense of self (and hatred of the other) can lead to rhetorical or even physical violence. The author focuses on recent German political discourse, and indeed the language and deeds of the Right (and sometimes of the Left) are often alarming. There are moments when the text wanders off course (a disquisition on the German propensity to build sand castles is a case in point), but on the whole this is a marvelously evocative and worthwhile work of interpretation. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. Bailey; Knox College

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
White Skin, Aryan Aestheticsp. 27
Blood, Race, Nationp. 115
Culture, Memory, Violencep. 153
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 267