Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism : language, violence, and identity
Colvin, Sarah (2009) Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism : language, violence, and identity. Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture . Rochester, NY: Camden House. ISBN 9781571134158Full text not available from this repository.
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In 1970 Ulrike Meinhof abandoned a career as a political journalist to join the Red Army Faction; captured as a terrorist along with other members of the group in 1972, she died an unexplained death in a high-security prison in 1976. A charismatic spokesperson for the RAF, she has often come near to being idealized as a freedom fighter, despite her use of extreme violence. In an effort to understand how terrorism takes root, Sarah Colvin seeks a dispassionate view of Meinhof and a period when West Germany was declaring its own "war on terror." Ulrike Meinhof always remained a writer, and this book focuses on the role of language in her development and that of the RAF: how Meinhof came to justify violence to the point of murder, creating an identity for the RAF as resistance fighters in an imagined state of war that was reinforced by the state's adoption of what Andreas Musolff has called "war terminology." But its all-powerful identity as a fighting group eroded the RAF's empathy with other human beings -- even those it once claimed to be "fighting for." It became a closed unit, self-justifying and immobilized by its own conviction that everything it did must be right. This is the first specialized study of Meinhof and the RAF in English -- which is remarkable given the current interest in the topic in both Europe and the U.S.
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > German Studies|
|Series Name:||Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture|
|Place of Publication:||Rochester, NY|
|Date:||1 November 2009|
|Number of Pages:||282|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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