Faculty Book: Charity Scribner

Charity Scribner

After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and Militancy
(Columbia University Press, 2014)

Masterminded and led by women, the Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorized West Germany from the 1970s to the 1990s, and afterimages of its leaders persist in the works of pivotal artists and writers. After the Red Army Faction explores why women were so prominent in the RAF, and what the continuing cultural response to the German armed struggle tells us about the representation of violence, power, and gender today. Charity Scribner engages critical theory to analyze works of art and literature that point beyond militancy and terrorism to expose the failures of the German Far Left and register the radical potential that RAF women forfeited. The author analyzes as-yet untranslated essays by Theodor Adorno and Jürgen Habermas, as well as novels by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Judith Kuckart, the blockbuster art exhibition Regarding Terror at the Berlin Kunst-Werke, and films by Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, and Fatih Akin. These readings reveal dynamic junctures in national and sexual identities, the disciplining of the militant body, and the relationship between mass media and the arts.

Charity Scribner (LaGuardia) serves on the doctoral faculty in comparative literature at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: DEC 10, 2014

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