"Verwundete Orte" in Hettches Nox und Pareis Die Schattenboxerin
Iztueta Goizueta, Garbiñe
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Estudios filológicos alemanes 24 : 553-564 (2012)
[EN] Body and space play a determinant role in the formation of societies, according to the social analyst Richard Sennet. His thesis that the configuration of spaces in history, such as that of the cities, is closely linked to the perception of the own body offers a relevant theorethical approach for the analysis of Nox (1995) by Thomas Hettche and Die Schattenboxerin (1999) by Inka Parei. In both novels bodies are perceived conscientiously by the self as a wounded and exhausted “I”, but also as a rebellious and fighting “self”. Both novels offer a concept of the body as an inadequate and wounded space, which is actually a key procedure to successfully face the similarly unstable geographical, social and political context of Germany after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.