n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Genderkonstruktionen bei Joseph Roth - Am Beispiel Die Kapuzinergruft - allgemeine Beiträge / general contributions to German studies

Volume 47 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273


Gender constructs in works by Joseph Roth: Die Kapuzinergruft.

The current debates about gender/s are becoming increasingly discursive and politicised. However, these often emotionally charged debates are not new, they have been repeatedly discussed throughout history. Joseph Roth, whose works (1923-1939) are often associated with a “mythological” discourse on a bygone world (Magris), is one of the interwar authors who challenge contemporary gender discussions by rendering literary representations of the period and its themes. These include the social decline of values, social discrepancies and the forced mobility of the precarious interwar generation, depicting men and women as disoriented and displaced in their prescribed roles. Best known for his masterpiece Radetzkymarsch (1932), his subsequent novel Die Kapuzinergruft (1938), depicts expressions of male fear and desires, as well as female dreams of emancipation that challenge the traditional allocation of social roles. Roth subtly engages in a discussion that is astonishingly opportune.

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