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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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Anatomies of Protest and Resistance

Anatomies of Protest and Resistance

Meinhof, Fischer

(p.137) 6 Anatomies of Protest and Resistance
After the Red Army Faction

Charity Scribner

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how the militant body has been articulated and disciplined in culture and media in postwar Germany by taking up representations of Ulrike Meinhof's body, which was found hanging from the window grillwork in Stammheim Prison on May 9, 1976. More specifically, it compares such representations to those of other prominent leftists, particularly Joschka Fischer, Germany's Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998 to 2005. One of the most protracted reflections on Meinhof's life and death is the Tanztheaterstück titled Ulrike Meinhof, choreographed by Johann Kresnik. Playing off of familiar photographs of the German Far Left, Kresnik's dancers depict the articulation and disciplining of the militant body. Comparing the disparate representations of Meinhof and Fischer also reveals a cultural anatomy of protest and resistance that discloses the sexual politics that have shaped militant acts as well as postmilitant memory associated with the Red Army Faction.

Keywords:   militant body, Germany, Ulrike Meinhof, Joschka Fischer, Johann Kresnik, Far Left, dance, protest, resistance, Red Army Faction

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