Introduction: Towards a Discourse History of National Socialism

  • W J Dodd
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Abstract

This chapter provides an introduction to the three focal points of this study: discourse, ‘unquiet voices’, and principles of language criticism, a chapter-by-chapter overview of the book, and a note on terms and typographical conventions. It sets out the essential features of a linguistically-informed approach to discourse and discourse history, explaining the role of the keyword (‘Schlagwort’) in the analysis. The categories of oppositional ‘unquiet voice’ are introduced in terms of their exilic positions of alienation from Nazi norms, in (a) territorial and (b) private and (c) publishing inner exile. Typographical conventions are explained, including those for marking expressions as citation forms, and for marking expressions belonging to the discourse (in small capitals). Key German terms are explained, e.g. ‘Resistenz’, a form of dissenting behaviour falling short of active resistance, and ‘Sprachlosigkeit’, discursive disenfranchisement.

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  • W J Dodd
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  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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