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The creative dialectic in Karen Blixen's essays : on gender, Nazi Germany, and colonial desire

Author: Marianne T Stecher
Publisher: Copenhagen : Museum Tusculanum Press : University of Copenhagen, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Best known for her fiction, including 'Out of Africa' and 'Babette's Feast', Karen Blixen - often writing under the name Isak Dinesen - was an iconic figure in Scandinavia and the Anglo-American world. Many of her topical pieces would later be published as essays, and in this book Marianne T. Stecher offers the first critical examination of them, exploring Blixen's sagacious reflections on some of the twentieth  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Karen Blixen; Isak Dinesen; Karen Blixen; Isak Dinesen; Tania Blixen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne T Stecher
ISBN: 9788763540612 8763540614
OCLC Number: 859645443
Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Part 1. On Feminism and Womanliness in "Oration at a Bonfire" and "The Blank Page" --
Blixen's Feminism and Feminist Criticism --
Reading "Oration at a Bonfire"-Rethinking Feminism --
The Bonfire Oration in Dialogue with Ortega y Gasset --
Feminine Attire-Essence and Construction --
Blixen's Entreaty to Postwar Feminists --
Women and History-From Gender to Existence --
Womanly Essence and "The Blank Page" --
Part 2. On Nazism as a "One-Sexed Community" in "Letters from a Land at War" --
A Soldier's Daughter and the Warrior Ethos --
Hitler's Magnetism and Invitations to Germany --
Investigating the Original Typescripts --
Blixen Criticism, the Wvel Debate, and the Heretics --
"The Foreword"-The Narrative Strategy of Neutrality --
"An Old Hero in Bremen"-The Chivalrous Enemy --
"Great Undertakings in Berlin"-The New German Religion --
"Strength and Joy"-The Gospel of the Will to Power --
"The Stage"-Art or Propaganda --
Postwar Reflections-Two Kinds of Courage --
Part 3. On Colonial Desire in "Blacks and Whites in Africa," Out of Africa, and Shadows on the Grass --
Venerable Artifacts of the Colonial Past --
Ambivalence and Mimicry in Out of Africa and "Farah" --
Colonial Denmark, Postcolonial Criticism, and Blixen's Legacy --
"Blacks and Whites in Africa"-Colonial Power as Illusion --
"Kitosch's Story"-White Prestige --
"Farah"-Affectionate Paternalism in the Master/Slave Dialectic --
"Barua a Soldani"-Desire, Gift, and Sacrifice --
Conclusion --
Appendix: Karen Blixen, "Blacks and Whites in Africa" (1938) --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Marianne T. Stecher.

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"Best known for her fiction, including 'Out of Africa' and 'Babette's Feast', Karen Blixen - often writing under the name Isak Dinesen - was an iconic figure in Scandinavia and the Anglo-American world. Many of her topical pieces would later be published as essays, and in this book Marianne T. Stecher offers the first critical examination of them, exploring Blixen's sagacious reflections on some of the twentieth century's greatest challenges. Stecher uncovers a "creative dialectic" in Blixen's work, an interplay of complementary opposites that Blixen saw as fundamental to human life and artistic creativity. Whether exploring questions of gender and the status of the feminist movement in the middle of the twentieth century, the reign of National Socialism in Hitler's Germany, or colonial race relations under British rule in East Africa, Blixen drew on a dialectical method to offer insightful, witty, and surprisingly progressive observations."--Back cover.

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