11 „So frech möchte ich auch sein“ – Brazen Women in Robert Cohen’s Exil der frechen Frauen 

in Exile and Gender I
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This essay examines how the historical novel Exil der frechen Frauen by Robert Cohen (2009) portrays three female protagonists – Olga Benario, Maria Osten, and Ruth Rewald – within a complex and multilayered perspective of the period 1928–1942. Cohen’s text is situated at the meeting point of gender and exile studies, encompassing historical and biographical, geo-political and gender-specific topoi, which offer alternative, nuanced views on gendered identity and authorship in exile. The essay focuses on links among gender and notions of friendship, love, and movement, and raises questions about gendered communication and writing, and the complexities of writing about war, the Holocaust, and exile.


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