Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel: A Study of Novels by Johnson, Frisch, Wolf…

Hardcover | March 1, 1999

byChloe E. M. Paver

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Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, a study of novels by Uwe Johnson, Max Frisch, Christa Wolf, Jurek Becker, and Gunter Grass, investigates the fictions and fantasies invented by five narrators, examining the purpose which the fictions serve within each text and the means bywhich each author deliberately draws attention to them. All five authors are shown to be concerned with the kinds of stories which ordinary people tell about themselves and their past lives. While some of the texts demonstrate the positive power of imagination, others point to the dangers offiction: its tendency to falsify reality and to encourage escapist and violent fantasies. This is the first major study of this distinctive trend in post-war German fiction.

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Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, a study of novels by Uwe Johnson, Max Frisch, Christa Wolf, Jurek Becker, and Gunter Grass, investigates the fictions and fantasies invented by five narrators, examining the purpose which the fictions serve within each text and the means bywhich each author deliberately draws attentio...

Chloe E. M. Paver is at Exeter University.
Format:HardcoverPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019815965X

ISBN - 13:9780198159650

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Overt fictionalization and some theories of narrative [Lammert, Hamburger, Stanzel, McHale]2. Uwe Johnson: Das dritte Buch uber Achim3. Max Frisch: Mein Name sei Gantenbein4. Christa Wolf: Nachdenken uber Christa T.5. Jurek Becker: Jakob der Lugner6. Gunter Grass: Ortlich betaubtConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`This study has many insights ... to offer.' Mary E. Stewart, Jnl of European Studies.