Gender, memory, and emotion in exile: Stefan and Lotte Zweig's life in the tropics

  • Maria das Graças Salgado Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro


Stefan and Lotte Zweig’s last letters describe their everyday life as exiles in Brazil where, depressed by a pessimistic future after World War II, they take their lives in a suicide pact. This paper aims to discuss aspects of gender, memory and emotion that might have affected the couple’s exile discourse. To this end the paper employs notions from discourse analysis, gender studies and the anthropology of emotion. The analysis is based on the letters from Stefan Zweig and Lotte Zweig written between 1940 and 1942, most of them addressed to members of Lotte’s family who remained in London. 

KeywordsStefan Zweig. Lotte Zweig. Gender. Emotion. Exile.

Biografia do Autor

Maria das Graças Salgado, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro

Professora Associada de Inglês 

Departamento de Letras e Comunicação

Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro


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