By Roy Jerome
Examines masculinity in German tradition, society, and literature from 1945 to the current.
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Additionally, discussions on onanism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries reveal anything but certainty in regard to the male body. 49 Although, in contrast to Foucault, Butler foregoes a historical reconstruction of gender differences, her discursiveanalytical approach is of particular interest to German literary studies. Predicating her work on symbolic forms of representation, which perform a unifying function, and which we have termed here “images of masculinity,” she describes gender differences as discursive constellations, which in a Foucaultian sense are a biopolitical condition of the individual’s constitution as subject.
Xxii. 43. Ibid. 44. Since 1991, Suhrkamp Verlag has edited the series Gender Studies. Vom Unterschied der Geschlechter, with contributions from German and American scholars. However, the series is published only at irregular intervals, such that one cannot really speak of a continuous publication of research results. Although excellent studies are included in this series, only Judith Butler’s work has found significant public resonance. 45. See Thomas Laqueur, Auf dem Leib geschrieben. : Campus Verlag, 1991).
7. Friedrich Schiller, “Die R¨auber,” S¨amtliche Werke, vol. 2 (Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, 1981), 315. 8. , Wann ist der Mann ein Mann? Zur Geschichte der M¨annlichkeit (Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, 1997). 9. Space prevents me from discussing a third level of analysis here. German literary studies must include the examination of prebourgeois and premodern images of masculinity. One must determine whether, over an attenuated period of time, archetypes of KLAUS-MICHAEL BOGDAL 39 the masculine have arisen that continue to influence the modern era and thus (to express it cautiously) might suggest anthropological constants.
Conceptions of Postwar German Masculinity by Roy Jerome