American Women Writers and the Nazis: Ethics and Politics in Boyle, Porter, Stafford, and Hellman

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Juli 2001



As expatriates in Germany and Austria in the 1930s, Kay Boyle, Katherine Anne Porter, Jean Stafford, and Lillian Hellman saw the rise of Nazi ideology firsthand. And while all four clearly realized -- as their work demonstrates -- that ethical behavior is the personal corollary of political conviction, scholars of these important American writers have long neglected the significance of the mingling of writing, ethics, and politics in their work.In American Women Writers and the Nazis, Thomas Austenfeld restores ethics and politics to the central places they held in the lives and work of these four women. By documenting the political and ethical apprenticeships each woman served in Germany and Austria, Austenfeld convincingly argues that the genius of these writers exists precisely in their ability to continue the development of their best creative sensibilities in spite of -- and indeed because of -- the ethical challenges they faced as women writers in the tense prewar world.Kay Boyle's analysis of the language and cultural expression of occupation, Lillian Hellman's exposure of diplomatic language as furthering war, Katherine Anne Porter's implicit critique of Weimar Germany's class consciousness, and Jean Stafford's searching meditations on guilt and responsibility all argue afresh for the pragmatic goals that fiction and drama can serve in a politically unstable world.


Thomas Carl Austenfeld is Associate Professor and Department Head of the Department of Language and Literature, and at North Georgia College and State University.


"Much has been written of late regarding modernist writers-almost always men such as Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot-who either colluded with fascist leaders or who expressed sentiments that were sometimes alarmingly fascist in nature. With its emphasis on women, politics, and ethics, American Women Writers and the Nazis provides a needed and intriguing chapter on the relationship of American writers to one of the most devastating political movements of the modern era-indeed, of any era."-Will Brantley, author of Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty, Hellman, Porter, and Hurston
EAN: 9780813920528
ISBN: 0813920523
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2001
Seitenanzahl: 189 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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