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After the Red Army FactionGender, Culture, and Militancy$
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Charity Scribner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168649

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168649.001.0001

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Violence and the Tendenzwende

Violence and the Tendenzwende

Engendering Victims in the Novel and Film

(p.117) 5 Violence and the Tendenzwende
After the Red Army Faction

Charity Scribner

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between postmodernism and postmilitancy by focusing on literature and cinema of the 1980s and early 1990s that considered terrorism. In particular, it considers two novels, Der Auftrag (The Assignment, 1986) and Mogadischu Fensterplatz (Windowseat at Mogadishu, 1987), written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Friedrich Christian Delius, respectively, to highlight instances where the effects of postmodernism and postmilitancy overlapped and intersected. It considers how some of the main topics of discourse about the postmodern, such as identity, enlightenment, and emancipation, are configured within the fields of postmilitant art and writing. By comparing selected novels and films during this period, we can discern a restructuring of national identity that unfolded over the course of the Tendenzwende and gain a fuller understanding of the concept of postmilitant culture, its potential, and its problems. The feminine protagonists in The Assignment and Windowseat at Mogadishu carry as many traits of the victims of the Red Army Faction (RAF)-backed hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 181 in October 1977 as they do the agents of RAF violence.

Keywords:   postmodernism, postmilitancy, cinema, terrorism, novels, The Assignment, Windowseat at Mogadishu, national identity, Tendenzwende, Red Army Faction

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