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sabato 19 ottobre 2013

DOUBLE LINK (Double Indemnity): Sven Reichardt 'Klaus Theweleits „Männerphantasien“ – ein Erfolgsbuch der 1970er-Jahre' [, 2006]/ Klaus Theweleit, "Männerphantasien" 2 Bde [ Verlag Roter Stern/Stroemfeld 1977, 1978, Lizenzausgabe als TB bei Rowohlt 1983−94, DTV, Piper 2000]

  • Frauen, Fluten, Körper, Geschichte, 1977.
  • Männerkörper. Zur Psychoanalyse des Weißen Terrors, 1978.

A change of scene. After the war. A man and woman in a lecture hall: I'm sitting next to her at the lecture. She is bashful. Assiduously, she applies herself to noting the fact that the home of the original Germanic tribes was probably on the lower Danube, or somewhere or other. How should I know? I hear her breathing quicken, feel the warmth of her body, and smell the fresh scent of her hair. Her hand rests carelessly almost at my side. Long, narrow, and white as freshly fallen snow.' Under the man's gaze, the woman is transformed into something cold and dead. The man is Michael, in Goebbels' post-World War I novel of the same name, who gazes at the hand of his beloved Herta Hoik. Like so many women in these novels, she has the ability to evaporate as the story progresses.* Relationships with women are dissolved and transformed into new male attitudes, into political stances, revelations of the true path, etc. As the woman fades out of sight, the contours of the male sharpen; that is the way in which the fascist mode of writing often proceeds. It could almost be said that the raw material for the man's "transformation" is the sexually untouched, dissolving body of the woman he is with. To soldiers returning from battle, women seem to have lost their reality. Lettow-Vorbeck (Africanus) stops over in Italy on his journey home. He visits a museum-

MALE FANTASIES Volume 1: Women, Floods, Bodies, History 1987

            Male Fantasies. Volume 2: Male Bodies, 
            Psychoanalyzing the White Terror. 1989

 Sven Reichardt, Klaus Theweleits „Männerphantasien“ – ein Erfolgsbuch der    1970er-Jahre, in: Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History, Online-Ausgabe, 3 (2006) H. 3,

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