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ZiG | Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik 6|2015|H1 | © transcript 2015 »Auch die Wörter werden zu Körpern« Body, Sexuality and Carnavalesque Writing in Emine S. Özdamar’s Stories Mutterzunge and Großvaterzunge Clara Ervedosa Abstract Based on the analysis of Mutterzunge and Großvaterzunge, this article demonstrates that Özdamar’s mode of dealing with the body and sexuality corresponds to Bakhtin’s con- cept of the »grotesque body« and that body and language are strongly interwoven. It argues that Özdamar’s »embodied writing« is emancipatory and

On Section 377 and Gender/Sexuality Framing Queer Activism in New Delhi JANINA GEIST The current queer movement in India is intrinsically linked to the fight for social and legal recognition, such as the struggle against Section 377 of the Indian Pe- nal Code.1 However, the focus on sexuality in activism has led and often still leads to the marginalization of issues, agendas and narratives that pertain to gen- der. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with predominantely middle class queer actors in India, this paper frames queer activism in Delhi and

Cuba: A Revolution of Sexualities, Sexes/Genders and Bodies1 Mariela Castro Espín SUMMARY The following contribution focuses on Cuba’s sex/gender policy as it has been reflected in the project ‘Centro nacional de educación sexual’, CENESEX for short, since 1989. It reveals how transsexuals in Cuba have been able to change their name, how the project CENESEX helped to depathologize transsexual persons, and which perspectives approaches such as these can provide. INTRODUCTION When I first met J.R. he complained of being a man trapped in a woman’s body. He

Gendered Perspectives on Sexuality, Body and Aging in Slovene Autobiographical Literature Mrak – Zupan – Kovačič ANDREAS LEBEN INTRODUCTION The aim of this article is to discuss representations of aging and old age in Slovene autobiographical literature since the 1970s with respect to the body and sexuality. Texts will be examined from three authors who have referred to these topics from a gendered, distinctively male perspective: Ivan Mrak (1906-1986), Vitomil Zupan (1914-1987) and Lojze Kovačič (1928-2004). Mrak, over a long period

Growing Bodies Narrating Death and Sexuality in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction Mirjam Grewe-Salfeld “Moments. All gathering towards this one.”1—with this fragment a fictive life is ended; death becomes the last one of a collection of moments that make up a life, given meaning and coherence through narrative. Literary representations of death face the challenge of narrating this unknown and unknowable event, of introducing readers to such an existential embodied experience. Despite the often-cited avoidance of death in Western soci- eties, many authors

Why Gender and Sexuality are both Trivial and Pivotal in Populist Radical Right Politics Niels Spierings Introduction: Similar But Different The role of women and gender in the political far and extreme right has long been studied in the social sciences and humanities. Most recently, considerable atten- tion has been paid to the rise of the Populist Radical Right (PRR), including three special issues in a matter of years (Spierings/Zaslove 2015b; Erzeel/Rashkova 2017; Miller-Idress/Pilkingon 2017).These and other studies have provided a great deal of insight into

transsexuality (Sigusch 1991: 247). Concepts prior to, and during the law reform process 155 Somatic approaches Indeed, various disciplines in medical science continued to search for a ›noxa‹ that might cause transsexuality. In the 1990s, e. g. the endocrinologist Dörner continued to refine his thesis that prenatal hormone imbalances cause trans- sexuality during a particular phase in the differentiation of the human brain. Based on results of experiments on rats and clinical examinations of human be- ings, Dörner identified disorders in the adrenal steroid biosynthesis

earlier Federal Constitutional Court decisions, the Court set out from three principles. First, it held that Art. 2(1) in conjunction with Art. 1(1) GG safe- guards the personal area of sexuality and sexual self-determination, including an individual’s gender identity and sexual orientation (ibid: para 56). Second, the Court referred to the scientifically secured knowledge that a person’s gen- der identity cannot be determined based on the external genitalia at the time of birth only. Rather, it significantly depends on an individual’s psychological constitution

Beyond Ageism, Beyond Sexism Gender Issues, Aging and Sexuality in Vedrana Rudan’s Novel The Skeletons of Madison County MARIJA GEIGER ZEMAN & ZDENKO ZEMAN FICTIONAL NARRATIVES – SOURCE OF GERONTOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE The world we live in is saturated with narratives of all kinds, but we should not be surprised by this fact if we remind ourselves that one of the particu- larities of human kind in general is to tell stories, introducing by them order and structure, and most of all meaning in the chaos of everyday experiences and events (Clark 2010

“The whole aspect of age is full of possibilities!” Traces of Ageing, Memory, and Sexuality in Daphne du Maurier’s “Don’t Look Now” MARTA MIQUEL-BALDELLOU INTRODUCTION When Daphne du Maurier turned sixty-three years old, she published her short story “Don’t Look Now,” which not only tackles the issue of ageing explicitly in its plot but also becomes indicative of the influence that ageing was exerting on the later stages of her literary creativity. In her late short fiction, du Maurier presents an increasing preoccupation with identity, and in