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Amsterdamer Publikationen
zur Sprache und Literatur
Herausgegeben von Norbert Otto Eke und Bodo Plachta

Ludden, Teresa: ‘Das Undarstellbare darstellen’: Kulturkritik and the Representation of Difference in the works of Anne Duden
(Amsterdamer Publikationen zur Sprache und Literatur, Band 161)
ISBN 3-89693-450-3 (08/2006)
267 Seiten, 22 x 15 cm, 18 Abb., Kt., EUR 38,00
Anne Duden is one of the most significant German writers of her generation. Her reputation was established in the 1980s with the publication of the avant-garde texts Übergang (1982) and Das Judasschaf (1985). Her experimental poem cycles Steinschlag (1993) and Hingegend (1999) appeared to great critical acclaim. Her innovative literary-philosophical essays on aesthetics, fine art and music appeared in several volumes throughout the 1990s. She has won numerous prizes, including the Berlin Literature Prize (1999) and Heinrich-Böll Literature Prize (2003).
This is the first comprehensive study of Duden’s complete work. It analyses the development of Duden’s writing, traces the connections between the works and presents new readings of the texts. In theoretically-informed, closely-argued examinations, the political and philosophical force of Duden’s writing is highlighted. Many radical philosophical models  – Nietzsche, Adorno, Horkheimer, Benjamin and contemporary French philosophy – are used to articulate the central paradox of Duden’s work: How does one write or speak from the point of view of the excluded without lapsing into the excluding language of existing frameworks? These theoretical perspectives are also brought to bear on the criticism of aspects of Western culture apparent in Duden’s texts. This book also makes a serious and timely intervention in the ongoing theoretical debates about the problems of artistic representation in post-Holocaust culture. It will be of interest to scholars of aesthetics, cultural criticism, visual culture, philosophy, contemporary avant-garde narratives, as well as German Studies.
Teresa Ludden is Lecturer in German at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1: Introduction: ‘Das Undarstellbare darstellen’
I  My approach to the works of Anne Duden
II  Review of secondary literature
III  Structure of the thesis
Chapter 2: Kulturkritik and the body
I  Nietzsche: Reason, Concepts and Forgetting
II  Adorno and Horkheimer: Reason, Nature, and the Body in Culture
III  Foucault: The Production of Rational Bodies
IV  Feminisms
a) Luce Irigaray: The Silencing of Matter/Object
b) ‘Third-wave Feminism’: the becoming meaningful of the body
Kulturkritik in Duden’s readings of St George and the dragon paintings
Chapter 3: Boundaries, Selves and Corporeality
I  Critique of Binaries and the Rational Body
II  Crisis in the House of Reason: ‘Das Landhaus’
Chapter 4: Material Movements and Re-configurations
I  Moving Matter
II  Different Subject-Object Relations
III  Dissolved Selves
Chapter 5: Immanent Narration and the Question of Representation
I  Questioning Narration and Representation
II  Narrating the Body
III  Uncertainty and Immanent Narration
IV  Montage and Image: the Breakdown of Realism
Chapter 6: History, Memory and the Holocaust
I  Dead bodies and the body as memory
II  Das Judasschaf, Representation and the Holocaust
1. Historical montage of violence and death
2. The Silence of the Victims – the Gaps in History and Narrative
3. The Incompleteness of History: Carpaccio, expression and modes of remembering
Chapter 7: Aesthetics and Poetry
I  Music, Movement and Difference
II  The abstract poetry of Steinschlag
III  ‘Mundschluss’