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Das Kunstseidene Madchen Essay

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DAS KUNSTSEIDENE M&DCHEN Irmgard Keun's 1931 novel, "Das Kunstseidene M&dchen", which was translated into English as "The Artificial Silk Girl", is among the most well-known of Germany's 'Neue Sachlichkeiten' works. This particular publication, where the protagonist, Doris, a young working class German girl from Cologne, who dreams about their glitz and glamour and bright lights of the big city, Berlin - in her own words, she wants to become a "Glanz""Glamour Girl" - suffered subsequent censorship at the hands of Hitler's Nazi regime. This was on account of the way Doris is depicted. Her behavior and attitude towards men and her sexual customs all greatly disrupted the National Socialist German society, which in effect sensed "Das Kunstseidene M&dchen" as anti-German, saying it possessed "antideutschen Tendenzen". The magnificent depiction of independent, self assured young girls with goals out with the boundaries of being dependent on men was clearly "das Gegenteil des Hitler-M&dels-Ideals..." /"the reverse of Hitler's Young-Girl-Ideals." The intention of this article, therefore, is to show the contrast at Doris' feelings for two of her lovers - Hubert, the pupil who also stays in Cologne, also with whom Doris claims she's "in love" with at the very beginning of the book, along with Ernst, the nice, 'white-collar' man whose wife recently left him and who's reminded of his wife by Doris. Firstly, in the opening pages of this publication, the reader discovers that Hubert is the sole man, out of all of her fans, that she is in love with. Immediately from studying this one could suggest that this in itself is a bit of a peculiar announcement - Doris has other lovers, but thinks just to maintain love w.. .

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