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

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Xenia Srebrianski Harwell

Repositioning the Exiled Body: Alja Rachmanowa’s Trilogy My Russian Diaries

Xenia Harwell’s essay on the relatively little-known Russian-Austrian writer Alja Rachmanowa, whose life and work spans much of the twentieth century, introduces readers to an intriguing voice in the world of German women’s writing. Harwell takes a close look at how the “political and sociocultural transitional events” in the trilogy of stories that makes up Meine russischen Tagebücher [My Russian diaries] – written by Rachmanowa in the 1930s, a period that saw her transition from living in her native Russia to her forced exile in Austria (published in 1960) – are “acknowledged and enacted through the imagery and construction of space and of ...

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