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

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Elaine Martin

The Violated Female Body: Abjection and Spatial Ensnarement in Inka Parei’s The Shadow-Boxing Woman

Inka Parei’s novel Die Schattenboxerin [The Shadow-Boxing Woman] describes the immediate post-Berlin-Wall German capital in a way rarely done, with “prose that imitates the dark, crumbling, and ravaged atmosphere of East Berlin as well as the psychological state of the narrator,” as Monica Carter describes in her review of the novel (Three Percent). Elaine Martin’s discussion of the novel pushes our reflections on the body in space to a new level, namely that of the body as space, specifically the violation of the space of the body through the experience of rape. Recalling Massey’s “inextricably interwoven” sense of time and space, ...

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