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W.G. Sebald. Schreiben ex patria / Expatriate Writing (review)

W.G. Sebald. Schreiben ex patria / Expatriate Writing (review) Similarly, the state succumbed to dualistic "us­them" rhetoric and policies. Home Secretary Hans-Dietrich Genscher appealed to the public and the state as a single entity pitted in a struggle against the RAF. Citing Peter Brückner, Colvin concedes that Genscher carefully used rhetoric to criminalize the RAF, exacerbate hysteria, and aggregate left-wing intellectuals amongst the enemies of the state. However, she emphasizes that unlike the RAF's equation of police with pigs to be slaughtered, Genscher never dehumanized his antagonists. Colvin concludes that both sides engaged in a "language of war" that not only drew on militaristic vocabulary and metaphors, but also accepted the same structure of absolute opposition. Meinhof's struggle with language also informed her embrace of violence, as she increasingly felt that words were ineffective because violence is ultimately the language of the capitalist system. Not only did it inflect the rhetoric and affect the arguments rationalizing violence, it also became constitutive for the RAF's collective identity. In the communiqués released after each of the bombings in May 1972, the RAF claimed that the attack was either revenge for a fallen comrade or part of the struggle against capitalist imperialism and oppression. Even after their incarceration when they http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Monatshefte University of Wisconsin Press

W.G. Sebald. Schreiben ex patria / Expatriate Writing (review)

Monatshefte , Volume 103 (4) – Jan 27, 2011

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Similarly, the state succumbed to dualistic "us­them" rhetoric and policies. Home Secretary Hans-Dietrich Genscher appealed to the public and the state as a single entity pitted in a struggle against the RAF. Citing Peter Brückner, Colvin concedes that Genscher carefully used rhetoric to criminalize the RAF, exacerbate hysteria, and aggregate left-wing intellectuals amongst the enemies of the state. However, she emphasizes that unlike the RAF's equation of police with pigs to be slaughtered, Genscher never dehumanized his antagonists. Colvin concludes that both sides engaged in a "language of war" that not only drew on militaristic vocabulary and metaphors, but also accepted the same structure of absolute opposition. Meinhof's struggle with language also informed her embrace of violence, as she increasingly felt that words were ineffective because violence is ultimately the language of the capitalist system. Not only did it inflect the rhetoric and affect the arguments rationalizing violence, it also became constitutive for the RAF's collective identity. In the communiqués released after each of the bombings in May 1972, the RAF claimed that the attack was either revenge for a fallen comrade or part of the struggle against capitalist imperialism and oppression. Even after their incarceration when they

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MonatshefteUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jan 27, 2011

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