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Coming out Swiss free pdf Anne Herrmann, a dual citizen born in New York to Swiss parents, offers in Coming Out Swiss a witty, profound, and ultimately universal exploration of identity and community. "Swissness"--even on its native soil a loose confederacy, divided by multiple languages, nationalities, religion, and alpen geography--becomes in the diaspora both nowhere (except in the minds of immigrants and their children) and everywhere, reflected in pervasive cliches.

In a work that is part memoir, part history and travelogue, Herrmann explores all our Swiss cliches (chocolate, secret bank accounts, Heidi, Nazi gold, neutrality, mountains, Swiss Family Robinson) and also scrutinizes topics that may surprise (the "invention" of the Alps, the English Colony in Davos, Switzerland's role during World War II, women students at the University of Zurich in the 1870s). She ponders, as well, marks of Swissness that have lost their identity in the diaspora (Sutter Home, Helvetica, Dadaism) and the enduring Swiss American community of New Glarus, Wisconsin. Coming Out Swiss will appeal not just to the Swiss diaspora but also to those drawn to multi-genre writing that blurs boundaries between the personal and the historical.

About Anne Herrmann

Anne Herrmann is professor emerita of English and women's studies at the University of Michigan, USA. She is the author of four books, including The Dialogic and Difference: An/Other Woman in Virginia Woolf and Christa Wolf and Queering the Moderns: Poses/Portraits/Performances.

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Author : Anne Herrmann
Publisher : University of Wisconsin Press
Data Published : 30 March 2014
ISBN : 029929840X
EAN : 9780299298401
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 264 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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