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Author: Gesine Lenore Schiewer

Title: Über Gewalt sprechen

Subtitle: Darstellungsperspektiven sexuellen Missbrauchs in Literatur und Justiz

Translation: Speaking about Violence: Presentations of Sexual Violence in Literature and Justice

Journal: Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur

Volume: 32

Issue: 1

Year: August 2007 (Published online: January 4, 2008)

Pages: 153-168

ISSN: 0340-4528 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1865-9128 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: German

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century | European History: German History | Representations: Literature / Arno Holz, Johannes Schlaf Types: Child Sexual Abuse


Link: De Gruyter Online (Restricted Access)


Author: Gesine Lenore Schiewer, Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenResearchGate


»Literary depictions of sexual violence and real accounts share the medium of language, as real violence can only be dealt with legally once personal accounts and crime reports have been documented. At the same time, a common characteristic of both literary treatments and real reports is that details are often circumscribed, vaguely alluded to or left out alltogether. In light of this observation, special attention should be afforded a study by Arno Holz and Johannes Schlaf which uses narrative analytical methods to examine accounts and depictions of rape. In an analysis of the story Die kleine Emmi the language used to relate the experience of violence is explored within the context of the social and legal conditions of the 19th century.« (Source: Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur)

»Analyzes the story 'Die Kleine Emmi,' which appeared in the anthology 'Neue Geise' (1892) by Johannes Schlaf (1862-1941) and Arno Holtz (1861-1929), to explore how language was used to relate the experience of sexual violence within the context of the social and legal conditions of 19th-century Germany.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  1. Die Problematik der Schilderung von Gewalt (p. 153)
  2. Tatgeschehen und Narration in »Die kleine Emmi« (p. 156)
  3. Sprachlicher Emotionsausdruck und sachlicher Bericht in Literatur und Alltag – ein Kommunikationsproblem (p. 163)
  4. Gewaltdarstellungen in historischer Perspektive (p. 165)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Germany | Literature: German literature | 19th-century German writers: Arno Holz, Johannes Schlaf | Types of rape: Child sexual abuse