Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras by Michaela M. GrobbelEnacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras by Michaela M. Grobbel

Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite…

byMichaela M. Grobbel

Paperback | February 16, 2009

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This far-reaching study of women's literature sheds new light onto the ways we think about memory, modernism, postmodernism, feminism. In Enacting Past and Present, author Michaela M. Grobbel discusses novels by Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras. According to the author, these works show us that fascinating shifts in 'memory texts' have been taking place in the twentieth century, indicating the need for different approaches to understanding memory. Through a discussion of Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, and the work of contemporary scholars in feminism and cultural studies, Grobbel focuses on these texts as types of performance that lead to interesting forms of 're-presenting' memory. These theaters of memory foreground the present but also critically demonstrate the complex relationship of the present to the past. Grobbel offers her readers new ways to think about autobiography, performance, and the process of memory, enriching currrent scholarship on feminism and literary modernism.
Michaela M. Grobbel teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Sonoma State University in Northern California. She teaches German, world literature and theater, and interdisciplinary courses in the humanities. Grobbel studied at the University of Bonn in Germany, and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature fr...
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Title:Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite…Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 8.97 × 6.1 × 2.01 inPublished:February 16, 2009Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739134884

ISBN - 13:9780739134887

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Setting the Scene: The Art of Memory as Writing and Performance Chapter 2 In Memory of the Lost Body: Performance of Resistance in Djuna Barnes Nightwood Chapter 3 The Memory Theater of Ingeborg Bachmann's "Malina" Chapter 4 Strolling Through the Memory Palace of Oblivion: "Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein" by Marguerite Duras Chapter 5 Memory Performances in Literature and the Arts

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Enacting Past and Present invites us to reconsider memory as process and performance; it does so through insightful commentary on three important women's texts; and it makes a convincing case for the importance of restoring the materiality of gender to any such consideration.