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German Women Writers and the Spatial Turn: New Perspectives by Beth A. Muellner, Carola Daffner

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Laurel Cohen-Pfister

Dragica Rajcic: War, Space, and No-Place

Jumping to the 1990s, Laurel Cohen-Pfister’s essay interprets the work of Croatian-born poet Dragica Rajcic as an attempt to contest spatial hegemonies through the use of oppositionist poetic language. Using language consciously reminiscent of so-called “Gastarbeiterdeutsch” [guest worker German], Rajcic’s German defies the linguistic rules of grammar prescribed by High German, and Cohen-Pfister’s translations in English cleverly match this defiance. The poet comments on and criticizes the language precisely because her use of it stands outside the familiar and expected, much like a cultural geographer who interprets landscapes as an archive of cultural memories in which ideas of nationalism ...

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