The Call of Human Nature

The Role of Scatology in Modern German Literature


The Call of Human Nature documents and analyzes the wide use of scatological themes and metaphors in an equally wide range of writings. The Rollfinkes' claim that the obscene expressions used by Americans emphasize sexual elements, whereas Germans stress the scatological. For many modern German authors, scatalogical images, metaphors, and motifs serve their purposes more effectively than would other metaphors.

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