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Contemporary Women's Writing in German : Changing the Subject - Brigid Haines

Contemporary Women's Writing in German

Changing the Subject

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780198159674
Number Of Pages: 160

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Six key texts by contemporary women writers are read afresh by leading critics, using insights from poststructuralist and new materialist feminist theory. Ingeborg Bachmann, Christa Wolf, and Elfriede Jelinek have long been prominent in the fields of Austrian modernism, GDR writing, and avant-garde Austrian literature. The innovative work of Anne Duden, Herta Müller, and Emine Sevgi Özdamar sets out to challenge dominant models of German identity. Focusing on the body and suffering, they explore textual representations of trauma, national identity, and displacement. Haines and Littler's readings of these distinguished and complex female authors offer new avenues for discussion. Both critics and their subjects cast a sceptical eye over existing notions of subjectivity in relation to language, gender, and race. Together, they spark controversy and comment, in an increasingly important debate.

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"This book offers excellent discussions of Ingeborg Bachmann's Simultan, Elfriede Jelinek's Die Liebhaberinnen, Anne Duden's √úbergang, Christa Wolf's Kassandra, Herta Muller's Reisende auf einem Bein, and Emine Sevi Oezdamar's Mutterzunge.... In addition to the very useful introduction and the critical analysis of each of the six works, Haines and Littler include a helpful chronology and glossary of terms. Readers interested in these particular works and their authors will find this book extremely insightful."--Choice


Introduction 1: Ingeborg Bachmann, Simultan (1972) 2: Elfriede Jelinek, Die Liebhaberinnen (1975) 3: Anne Duden, 'Übergang' (1982) 4: Christa Wolf, Kassandra (1983) 5: Herta Müller, Reisende auf einem Bein (1989) 6: Emine Sevgi Özdamar, 'Mutter Zunge' and 'Großvater Zunge' (1990) Chronology Glossary Further Reading Bibliography

ISBN: 9780198159674
ISBN-10: 0198159676
Series: Oxford Studies in Modern European Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.15 x 15.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 1.12