Body and Narrative in Contemporary Literatures in German: Herta Muller, Libuse Monikova, Kerstin…

Hardcover | June 22, 2005

byLyn Marven

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This book examines the relationship between representations of the body and narrative strategies in the work of three contemporary women writers from the former Eastern Bloc countries: Herta Muller, an ethnic German from Romania; Libuse Monikova, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia to WestGermany and chose to write in German; and Kerstin Hensel, from the GDR.Marven shows how the content and form of their works are interlinked, and how these challenge the hegemonic discourses within repressive socialist regimes. The introduction contextualizes the writers' socially, culturally, and historically, and outlines the theoretical basis of the approach, drawingon psychoanalysis, performativity theory, and feminist critical theory. Chapters on the individual authors offer new interpretations of the writers' works, focusing on the structures of trauma (in Muller's work), hysteria (in Monikova's) and the grotesque (in Hensel's). The images of the bodyanalysed in the first half of each chapter show the effects of violence; challenge the understanding of the body as natural or authentic; and raise questions about identity and gender. The analysis in the second half of each chapter covers a range of formal features, from the fantastic and collage,through parody and intertextuality, to irony, plot, and story telling. The book also traces developments in the work of all three authors, taking account of the historical changes in the Eastern Bloc countries since 1989.Body and Narrative in Contemporary Literatures in German will be valuable for anyone researching contemporary German literatures, as well as those interested in feminist theory, minority literatures, and trauma.

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This book examines the relationship between representations of the body and narrative strategies in the work of three contemporary women writers from the former Eastern Bloc countries: Herta Muller, an ethnic German from Romania; Libuse Monikova, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia to WestGermany and chose to write in German; and Kerstin...

Lyn Marven is a holder of a Leverhulme Early Careers Fellowship at Manchester University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.84 inPublished:June 22, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199277761

ISBN - 13:9780199277766

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Table of Contents

1. 'Dass dies der Osten ist Was im Kopf nicht aufhort': Introduction2. Herta Muller: 'Das, was von innen kam, angesichts des Ausseren'3. Libuse Monikova: 'Ich bin am Ort meines Ursprungs', 'Innen bin ich hohl'4. Kerstin Hensel: 'Wer draussen steht, kann deutlicher sehen'5. Interchanging Interpretations: Conclusion