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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Tom
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-10T23:34:27Z
dc.date.available2018-07-10T23:34:27Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationSmith , T 2016 , ' The archive and the closet : same-sex desire and GDR military service in Stefan Wolter's autobiographical writing ' , Oxford German Studies , vol. 45 , no. 2 , pp. 198-211 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00787191.2016.1156855en
dc.identifier.issn0078-7191
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 251204270
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: ed37ac38-dbcd-4196-ad92-e24952eeae54
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84982263957
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-5084-8729/work/40763205
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/15217
dc.description.abstractThis article analyses Stefan Wolter's memoir of his service as a Bausoldat in the Nationale Volksarmee: Hinterm Horizont allein — Der ‘Prinz’ von Prora (2005). I suggest the term ‘archival narrative’ to describe its narrative made up of juxtapositions of different sources and to draw attention to archival forces of selection, preservation and omission which the text displays. Wolter scrutinizes his documents of military service and highlights their inadequacy as evidence of his same-sex relationship, drawing attention to traces of his anxieties about revealing once closeted desires. The text therefore invites a reading through the archive theories of Jacques Derrida and José Esteban Muñoz, as well as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's concept of the closet. Wolter offers a uniquely candid account of same-sex desire in the East German military. He shows the effects of a closet defined by concealment, tacit knowledge and the threat of exposure on the documentation and archivization of queer experiences. Above all, he suggests ways of preserving evidence of same-sex desire without neglecting experiences of closeting and suppression.
dc.format.extent14
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofOxford German Studiesen
dc.rights© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group 2016. This work has been made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created accepted version manuscript following peer review and as such may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00787191.2016.1156855en
dc.subjectArchiveen
dc.subjectCloseten
dc.subjectQueeren
dc.subjectHomosexualityen
dc.subjectMilitaryen
dc.subjectGDRen
dc.subjectEast Germanyen
dc.subjectAutobiographyen
dc.subjectLiteratureen
dc.subjectMemoiren
dc.subjectGerman Literatureen
dc.subjectWolteren
dc.subjectSedgwicken
dc.subjectDerridaen
dc.subjectMuñozen
dc.subjectPT Germanic literatureen
dc.subjectBDCen
dc.subject.lccPTen
dc.titleThe archive and the closet : same-sex desire and GDR military service in Stefan Wolter's autobiographical writingen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Germanen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/00787191.2016.1156855
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil2018-07-11


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