In this study, the author examines works of German-language literature and film from the nineteenth and twentieth century in order to chart a certain kind of otherness. Common to all of the examined cultural products are aspects of gender, sexuality, a tion of home or belonging, and pressures of abjection. Other elements of identity include race and disease. The characters in the analyzed works encounter both mutual dependence and abhorrence, which complicate their experiences in space and time. This analysis demonstrates that acceptance and belonging are difficult to attain, particularly in the fraught power dynamics in these works. This book includes discussions of works by Frank Wedekind, Robert Musil, Kutlug Ataman, and Pierre Saussi-Bliss.
Kyle Frackman holds a PhD in German and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a degree in German Studies from Hamline University (Minnesota). He is currently Assistant Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on German and Scandinavian literature and film.