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

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Carola Daffner and Beth Muellner

Introduction: “Gender, Germanness, and the Spatial Turn”

German Women Writers and the Spatial Turn: New Perspectives connects spatial studies, German studies, and women’s writing, and emphasizes a return to the written word as an original site of cultural interrogation. The idea to bring together the following essays emerged from a 2007 MMLA conference panel on German women’s writing, where the fluidity and familiarity of spatial metaphors made clear that the study of space and place was fully anchored within German studies, confirming Edward W. Soja’s statement that “we are, and always have been, intrinsically spatial as well as temporal beings” (“Taking space personally” 12). Indeed, in the last few decades, ...

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