Researcher Brigitte Jirku of the REPERCRI group recently published an article entitled “Sexualisierte Gewalt erzählen: Literatur – Zeit zu erinnern” in issue 29 (Literatur und Erinnerung/Literature and Memory. Transphilologische Analysen/Transphilological Readings) of the journal Philologie im Netz.
Since the 1990s, a series of literary narratives and academic studies about sexualized violence have given way to public discussion and created discursive modes, which determine how sexualized vi- olence may be perceived and narrated. Gabi Köpp’s Meine Geschichte (1992) and Warum war ich bloß ein Mädchen? (2010), accounts of the same traumatic events at the end of World War II, and Alexandra Cavelius’ Leila. Ein bosnisches Mädchen (2000), a survivor narrative of the ethnic cleans- ing during the conflicts in former Yugoslavia, thematize sexualized violence during war times. The different time frames influence and determine the structure and content in representing sexualized violence, reflecting the memory processes; yet sociopolitical frameworks largely determine the interpretations of the experiences.
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