Conceptions of Postwar German Masculinity

Edited by Roy Jerome
Afterword by Michael S. Kimmel

Subjects: German Studies
Paperback : 9780791449387, 338 pages, April 2001
Hardcover : 9780791449370, 338 pages, May 2001

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Table of contents


Part I. Introductory Considerations

Roy Jerome

Hard-Cold-Fast: Imagining Masculinity in the German Academy, Literature, and the Media
Klaus-Michael Bogdal

Part II. Theoretical Considerations to the Problematic of Postwar German Masculine Identity

An Interview with Tilmann Moser on Trauma, Therapeutic Technique, and the Constitution of Masculinity in the Sons of the National Socialist Generation
Roy Jerome

Paralysis, Silence, and the Unknown SS-Father: A Therapeutic Case Study on the Return of the Third Reich in Psychotherapy
Tilmann Moser

The German-Jewish Hyphen: Conjunct, Disjunct, or Adjunct?
Harry Brod

Masculinity and Sexual Abuse in Postwar German Society
Klaus-Jurgen Bruder

Part III. Reading Masculinity in Postwar German Literature

The Motif of the Man, Who, Although He Loves, Goes to War: On the History of the Construction of Masculinity in the European Tradition
Carl Pietzcker

“I have only you, Cassandra”: Antifeminism and the Reconstruction of Patriarchy in the Early Postwar Works of Hans Erich Nossack
Inge Stephan

Brutal Heroes, Human Marionettes, and Men with Bitter Knowledge: On the New Formulation of Masculinity in the Literature of the “Young Generation” after 1945 (W. Borchert, H. Boll, and A. Andersch)
Hans-Gerd Winter

Vaterliteratur, Masculinity, and History: The Melancholic Texts of the 1980s
Barbara Kosta

Homosexual Images of Masculinity in German-Language Literature after 1945
Wolfgang Popp

Neo-Nazi or Neo-Man? The Possibilities for the Transformation of Masculine Identity in Kafka and Hasselbach
Russell West

Multiple Masculinities in Turkish-German Men's Writing
Moray McGowan

Michael Kimmel



Examines masculinity in German culture, society, and literature from 1945 to the present.


This groundbreaking work examines the long-ignored issue of masculinity and masculine identity in German culture, society, and literature, from 1945 to the present. Utilizing emerging men's studies theories, feminism, psychoanalysis, and literary studies, the book provides a resource for understanding how masculinity informs homosocial, male-female, and adult-child relations. Psychologists, literary scholars, and philosophers survey the current state of men's studies in the German academy, the representation of masculinity in postwar German literature, the psychic legacies of fascism, Turkish-German masculinities, Jewish-German masculinities, Neo-Nazi masculine identity, and the relationship between child sexual abuse and masculinity. Most significantly, the book offers tools for critical reflection on how men maintain power over women and other less powerful groups.

Roy Jerome received his Ph. D. in German Literature. He is currently completing a program in Clinical Psychology at Teacher's College, Columbia University, where he concentrates on psychoanalytic theories of masculinity, men's mental health, trauma, and violence.


"A well-translated and well-edited volume, it presents a clear overview of a major problem in German culture. " — Sander L. Gilman, The University of Chicago

"After the horrors of the Holocaust, how does a new generation of German men experience and express their masculinity? This wide-ranging collection explores the meaning of masculinity in contemporary Germany, both in reality and representation. From psychoanalytic probes into the darker recesses of recent familial past to contemporary neo-Nazis and recent literary trends, these authors shed new light on the gendered after-effects of collective hallucination and trauma. " — Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood In America: A Cultural History