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

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Chase Dimock

Sensing America: Yoko Tawada’s Synesthetic Meditation on Linguistic Spaces in Foreign Tongues

The first section’s final essay provides an additional investigation of Tawada’s work, marking her importance as an author who brings an insightful transnational perspective to the realm of German-language literature. Using Tawada’s collection of essays Überseezungen [Foreign Tongues] as a model, Chase Dimock focuses on the sensual aspects of language spaces of the body, with a focus on listening as Tawada’s “most basic gesture of openness to a foreign culture.” Instead of exhibiting passivity, however, Dimock sees Tawada’s “synesthetic approach to consuming and reproducing language” as evidence of a dynamic activity that demonstrates spatial ...

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