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Protagonists in chick-and ladlit are always searching: the female protagonists for Mr Right and the male variety for themselves – to become Mr Right in a consecutive step and then to find their perfect partner. If they have not found love yet, which is ultimately the underlying if not always subtle goal, this can be traced back to a wrong use of space or even an abuse of the same. However, the protagonists are mostly unaware of the importance of spatial usage, as they rarely reflect on the relevance of space with regard to their searching processes. They only ‘feel’ that their territory cannot offer them what they search for, and thus they set out to discover themselves and love elsewhere. I aim to demonstrate that in novels belonging to the genres of chick- and ladlit, the search and finding of Mr. or Ms. Right relies heavily on the compatibility of spatial attitudes of the involved characters. Only when their sense of space is similar and/or complementary, will love ensue. Combining the spatial ideas of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari with the notion of territory and the concepts of space and place, geographical spots can be connected to the emotional construct ‘love’: For only true affection can turn a smooth space into the striated kind (as proposed by Deleuze and Guattari in ‘A Thousand Plateaus’) or personalise a previously unknown environment. Up to that point the protagonists have never felt truly at home, but their love changes (unconsciously) their perception of and, in a consecutive step, comfortableness in space after they have realised the spatial compatibility with their beloved.

In: Space and Place: Diversity in Reality, Imagination, and Representation
In: Von der Idee zum Medium
In: Von der Idee zum Medium
Ein politisches Leben im Schatten Willy Brandts
Gertrud Meyer (1914-2002), Lebens- und Kampfgefährtin Willy Brandts im Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialismus, stand als Funktionsträgerin der Sozialistischen Arbeiterpartei Deutschlands im Brennpunkt der politischen Geschehnisse des linken Exils der 1930er Jahre und 1940er Jahre. Während dieser Zeit war sie zudem Mitarbeiterin des Arztes und Psychoanalytikers Wilhelm Reich. Gertrud Meyer leistete – auch unter Einsatz ihres Lebens – in enger Kooperation mit Brandt einen eigenständigen wichtigen Beitrag zum Widerstand gegen das NS-Regime. Ihr Leben und politisches Wirken zwischen Lübeck, Oslo und New York findet in dieser auf langjährigen Archivrecherchen beruhenden Darstellung erstmals angemessene Würdigung. Indem die Autorin Gertrud Meyers Biographie aus dem Schatten Willy Brandts holt, fällt auch ein neues, anderes Licht auf dessen politisches und privates Leben.
In: Westfälische Erinnerungsorte
Best known as the author of The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Magus, John Fowles achieved both critical and popular success as a writer of profound and provocative fiction. In this innovative new study, Brooke Lenz reconsiders Fowles’ controversial contributions to feminist thought. Combining literary criticism and feminist standpoint theory, John Fowles: Visionary and Voyeur examines the problems that women readers and feminist critics encounter in Fowles’ frequently voyeuristic fiction.
Over the course of his career, this book argues, Fowles progressively created women characters who subvert voyeuristic exploitation and who author alternative narratives through which they can understand their experiences, cope with oppressive dominant systems, and envision more authentic and just communities. Especially in the later novels, Fowles’ women characters offer progressive alternative approaches to self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, and social reform – despite Fowles’ problematic idealization of women and even his self-professed “cruelty” to the women in his own life. This volume will be of interest to critics and readers of contemporary fiction, but most of all, to men and women who seek a progressive, inclusive feminism.
In: Religion und Bildung: Antipoden oder Weggefährten?
In: Creating Shapes in Civil and Naval Architecture