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Abstract

Anna Seghers was a German short story writer whose writings dealt with her socialist political sympathies and the Second World War. Frequently, her various stories emphasize vision: who has the ability to see and who does not; the significance of events taking place in darkness rather than in light. This paper discusses Seghers’ uses of light and darkness in two short stories from different periods in her writing career, Aufstand der Fischer von St Barbara and Ausflug der toten Mädchen to emphasize the importance of clarity of vision to understand the world in which we live.

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