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Irmgard Keun's Magnifying Glass

Title: Irmgard Keun's Magnifying Glass: Deconstructing the Nazi Discourse.
Name(s): Bonfante-Bossak, Ana Luisa, author
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In Nach Mitternacht, the author Inngard Keun unveils a society that is a counter-image to that portrayed by the National Socialist regime. By giving the reader an amplified yet sharp picture oflife in the Third Reich, Keun not only exposes the Regime's repression mechanisms, but she also raises the question of individual responsibility among the petit-bourgeoisie, discussing very early-on the issue of co-participation. Keun's critical engagement does not fall short of aesthetical quality. A seemingly naive narrator deconstructs Nazi discourse through various literary devices which break the one-to-one system of signification typical of totalitarian discourses. Keun succeeds in deconstructing the Nazi regime by focusing on specific parts of society, zooming in on different situations and on the lives of different people, offering the reader a dissected picture of life in the Third Reich. Hence, Keun delivers a critical and complex political analysis of the early years of the Third Reich. VI
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0802 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Modem Languages in partial fulfillment ofthe Requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2002.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: April 26, 2002.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject(s): Languages, Modern
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Owner Institution: FSU

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