Playing House: Motherhood, Intimacy, and Domestic Spaces in Julia Franck's Fiction by Alexandra M. HillPlaying House: Motherhood, Intimacy, and Domestic Spaces in Julia Franck's Fiction by Alexandra M. Hill

Playing House: Motherhood, Intimacy, and Domestic Spaces in Julia Franck's Fiction

byAlexandra M. Hill

Paperback | August 24, 2012

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Julia Franck, winner of the 2007 German Book Prize for Die Mittagsfrau (The Blind Side of the Heart), puts the experience of women – and mothers – at the core of her novels and short stories. This study, the first book exclusively about Franck, addresses the various roles that women play in her œuvre: lovers, daughters, mothers, and sisters. With an eye to the way these roles are influenced by and connected to domestic space, the author examines the desire for intimacy and connection that motivates Franck’s characters. Drawing on theories of both performance and performativity, the author argues that Franck creates these identities as mutable and changeable, in effect opening up women’s roles for resignification in an age of renewed feminist inquiry.
Alexandra Merley Hill is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Portland, where she teaches all levels of language, literature, and culture. Her research focuses on contemporary German-language literature by women, especially Julia Franck. She has published on literature and feminism in the Women in German Yearbook and in S...
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Title:Playing House: Motherhood, Intimacy, and Domestic Spaces in Julia Franck's FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:August 24, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034307675

ISBN - 13:9783034307673

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Contents: Introduction: The ‘Fräuleinwunder’ and feminism – Roles: Theorizing performativity and performance – Lovers: The search for and failure of intimacy in Berlin literature – Daughters: Psychoanalytic theory, domestic space, and maternal desire – Mothers: Refuting psychoanalytic models, the bad mother, and ‘Maternal drag’ – Fathers and Sons: Absent fathers, sisters, and siblings, and looking for home.