How functional were the German uniforms of World War II

Main focus of the presentation of the Second World War

War literature by women? pp 92-268 | Cite as

Part of the Women in Literary History book series (FL, volume 14)


In contrast to the traditional understanding of war as an armed conflict between soldiers, which is the basis of large parts of previous research on war literature, an expanded concept of war is to be used here. However, in contrast to Ingeborg Bachmann's concept of war, for example, he remains attached to the historical event. As with the description of the genre, this is not about a comprehensive redefinition, but about the disclosure of a search image. In the context of this work, 'Second World War' would primarily mean the events of the period between September 1, 1939 and May 8, 1945 and the significant changes compared to pre-war life described by the authors for this period, which are not solely related to a personal one Decision are due. In contrast to Dorothy Goldman, who makes a list of war experiences that are supposedly common to all of the European women war authors of the First World War that she investigates as "criteria for inclusion in the canon of women’s war writing"1 Within the timeframe, I mainly assume the women's self-perception. The queuing for food in 1944, for example, is part of the presentation of the Second World War, because for the authors it represents a war-related change compared to pre-war life in Germany. The mere fact of a move from Berlin to Garmisch, on the other hand, would not be relevant for the representation of the war, but it could become so if the move is made to avoid the air raids on Berlin.

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