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Writing differences: Bodies and Modes of Relationality in Works by Anne Duden

Ludden, Teresa 2004. Writing differences: Bodies and Modes of Relationality in Works by Anne Duden. New Readings 7 , pp. 1-26. 10.18573/newreadings.50

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In this article Teresa Ludden highlights what she sees as a concern in Anne Duden’s early prose work, particularly Übergang (1982), with marginal perspectives and spaces which have been left out of cultural norms. Using concepts of difference informed by Nietzsche and Irigaray, she examines what she perceives to be Duden’s interest in that which cannot be subsumed under fixed concepts and an attempt to write the specificities of different sorts of selves and bodies. Ludden shows how these selves and bodies cannot adequately be understood by reference to a concept of a universal and unified transcendental subject. She focuses particularly on Duden’s textual strategies for writing these differences, for example her recourse to painting to invent a different language and her use of figures and images which ‘embody’ or symbolise difference, which are imitations of that which cannot be heard in Western culture but is nevertheless present.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 11:26

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