continuous temporality. Temporal continuity is a necessary marker for distinguishing memory from imagination. It seems, however, that certain memories constitute a discontinuous form of temporality. Specifically, a structure of fascination can be manifest
Sartre and Barthes on Memory and Fascination
Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond
It is probably more often the case than not that scholars of religion command the power of fascination across continents, time zones, memories, collegial relations, friendships, and the imagined gulf between themselves and the religions they study
Textbooks during French Colonization and the Modern Literature of Global Tourism
After World War I, exoticism asserted itself in myriad ways, from colonial exhibitions to Negro dances, from schoolbooks to literature. It revealed itself through various scientific and artistic forms and in a fascination for otherness and the
Travel, Travel Writing, and Old Age
hour, does a bit of gardening, determines once more that he really will read Midnight’s Children , get to know Beethoven’s late sonatas or try for a last time to get to grips with rock. But he knows that the real energy of his life, the fascination of
accompagné son évolution. Tout comme l’écriture littéraire, elle reste un objet fascinant et séducteur. Son capital de séduction, c’est « la fascination érotique de Cassandre, qui se précipite dans le lit d’Agamemnon ». Mais c’est la noce de sang, et elle
Learning to Be a Man Again in Charles Reade's A Simpleton
Georgina O'Brien Hill
This article examines the role of the sensation novel in the construction of male identities in the Victorian period through an examination of Charles Reade's A Simpleton, a Story of the Day (1873). This novel exploits Victorian anxieties surrounding male identity and seeks to affirm unstable concepts of masculinity through dominant codes of imperialism. O'Brien Hill argues that Reade's novel is unusual in the sensation canon due to the combination of the adventure sub-plot and sensational narrative devices, serving to expose the fluidity of male identity and Victorian fascination with the spectacle of masculinity in crisis.
Carrie A. Rentschler and Claudia Mitchell
Girlhood Studies scholars respond to an overwhelming portrayal of girls as either bad or needing rescue in, for example, mainstream films on mean girls, popular psychology texts on primarily light-skinned middle class girls’ plummeting self-esteem, and media panics about teen girl sexting. According to Sharon Mazzarella and Norma Pecora, “In response to public anxiety and cultural fascination,” in “academic studies of girls…the emphasis has shifted slightly so that the discourse is no longer linked primarily to crisis” (2007: 105). Still, in popular and policy discourse today, girls are often unfairly and inaccurately cast as either super agents or failing subjects.
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, Jennifer A. Yoder, Friederike Eigler, Joyce M. Mushaben, Alexandra Schwell, and Katharina Karcher
Konrad H. Jarausch, United Germany: Debating Processes and Prospects
Reviewed by Louise K. Davidson-Schmich
Nick Hodgin and Caroline Pearce, ed. The GDR Remembered:Representations of the East German State since 1989
Reviewed by Jennifer A. Yoder
Andrew Demshuk, The Lost German East: Forced Migration and the Politics of Memory, 1945-1970
Reviewed by Friederike Eigler
Peter H. Merkl, Small Town & Village in Bavaria: The Passing of a Way of Life
Reviewed by Joyce M. Mushaben
Barbara Thériault, The Cop and the Sociologist. Investigating Diversity in German Police Forces
Reviewed by Alexandra Schwell
Clare Bielby, Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s
Reviewed by Katharina Karcher
Michael David-Fox, Peter Holquist, and Alexander M. Martin, ed., Fascination and Enmity: Russia and Germany as Entangled Histories, 1914-1945
Reviewed by Jennifer A. Yoder
This study of Sartre's first novel seeks to move beyond the metaphysical constraints that are implicit when specifically focusing on either the work's literary or philosophical qualities, instead approaching the text as metafiction. Through an understanding of the novel's self-referentiality, its awareness of its accordance to narrative technique or reliance on existential verbatim, one gains an understanding of Sartre's fascination with the dialogue that exists between literature and philosophy. The examination of La Nausée and its Anglo-American criticism leads to a re-evaluation of the role of bad faith, in which character, author and, particularly, reader, are implicit. For reading is, like Roquentin's concluding understanding of existence, a balancing-act between the in-itself and the for-itself; an interaction with bad faith in which it is the individual/the reader that is responsible for attributing meaning to experience/La Nausée.
The Political Aesthetics of Death
In a global media market, images of war and victimhood are trafficked as master tropes of trauma situations with immense emotional appeal. Concurrent with this transformation of historical atrocities into consumable commodities, new forms of spectatorship—focused on bodies, medicine, and death—are being produced by the entertainment industry. The article examines this fascination with corpses by focusing on Body Worlds, a traveling anatomical exhibit that was initially launched in Germany. I interrogate the means by which dissected corpses are presented as popular entertainment in a post-Holocaust society and seek to explain the installation's global appeal. My research reveals that the collusion between the state and private enterprise not only endorses the global traffic in corpses but also enables the public spectacle of anatomical human bodies by negating subjectivity, violence, and history.