Event Title

Die Macht der Presse, des Patriarchats, Terror und der Reiche über die Identitäten der machtlosen Menschen (The Power of the Press, Patriarchy, Terror, and Rich over the Identities of the Powerless)

Presenter Information

Jessica Moore, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 242

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 4:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

This research investigates the power dynamics at work in shaping the identities of those members of society with less power. Specifically, the project examines how these dynamics are portrayed in the novel Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum by Heinrich Bll, which is set in Germany in the 1970s. Through a close analysis of the text, along with discussion of numerous secondary sources, this research shows how powerful institutions or groups, such as the press, patriarchy, terror, and the rich, are able to control the identities of those less powerful. This investigation is not only pertinent to the understanding of Germany during the 1970s, it is also valuable in understanding the implications of power dynamics in most modern societies today.

Faculty Sponsor

Arne Koch

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. German and Russian Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

637

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Die Macht der Presse, des Patriarchats, Terror und der Reiche über die Identitäten der machtlosen Menschen (The Power of the Press, Patriarchy, Terror, and Rich over the Identities of the Powerless)

Diamond 242

This research investigates the power dynamics at work in shaping the identities of those members of society with less power. Specifically, the project examines how these dynamics are portrayed in the novel Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum by Heinrich Bll, which is set in Germany in the 1970s. Through a close analysis of the text, along with discussion of numerous secondary sources, this research shows how powerful institutions or groups, such as the press, patriarchy, terror, and the rich, are able to control the identities of those less powerful. This investigation is not only pertinent to the understanding of Germany during the 1970s, it is also valuable in understanding the implications of power dynamics in most modern societies today.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/200