44th Annual Coalition of Women in German Conference
October 17-20, 2019 Sewanee, TN
Open Session Panel
Raging and Resisting: Women’s Anger in German Culture
Over the past few years we have seen numerous examples of women’s anger becoming a topic of contentious debate. From the development of international women’s marches to Serena Williams’ display of frustration at the US Open and the wave of outrage surrounding the Brett Kavanagh confirmation hearings, the anger of women has been on full display in the United States and beyond. Some of the same factors that are driving this rage in the US are also present in contemporary Germany (the rise of populism, the normalization of racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric etc.). From Kriemhild to Katja (the protagonist of Fatih Akin’s Aus dem Nichts) there is a long history of representing women’s anger in the German context.
In this panel we hope to highlight representations of angry women within German cultural products. We invite papers exploring anger and rage in works from all time periods and media. Possible questions to consider include:
· How can we theorize and contextualize this current interest and investment in women’s anger?
· What are some examples of anger being channeled into political action or activism in the German-speaking world?
· How do displays of anger or frustration relate to intersectional identities (race, gender, sexuality, class etc.)?