Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard by Katya KrylovaWalking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard by Katya Krylova

Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas…

byKatya Krylova

Paperback | October 30, 2012

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This book was the winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies.
The post-war landscape of Europe is unthinkable without the voices of the Austrian writers Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973) and Thomas Bernhard (1931–1989). Their work, coming after the devastation wrought by the Second World War and the Holocaust, is rooted in a specifically Austrian context of repression of this traumatic historical legacy. In post-war Austria, discourse on the recent past may have been dominated by silence, but the legacy of this past was all too apparent in the country’s ruined and speedily reconstructed cityscapes.
This book investigates Bachmann’s and Bernhard’s treatment of two fundamental aspects of the Austrian historical legacy: the trauma of the war and the desire to return to an ideal homeland, known as ‘Haus Österreich’. Following a methodology based on Freud and Benjamin, this comparative study demonstrates that the confrontation with Austria’s troubled history occurs through the protagonists’ ambivalent encounter with the landscape or cityscape that they inhabit, travel or return to. The book demonstrates the centrality of topography on both thematic and structural levels in the authors’ prose works, as a mode of confronting the past and making sense of the present.
Katya Krylova is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of German Studies, University of Nottingham. She studied German and Italian at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in German Literature in 2011. She was a recipient of the 2010 Sylvia Naish Research Student Lecture prize in a c...
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Title:Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034308450

ISBN - 13:9783034308458

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Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Trauma and Topography – Topography and the search for origin in Bachmann’s ‘Drei Wege zum See’ – Ruined landscape and familial decline in Bernhard’s Ungenach – Grounding and ruination: Bachmann’s Das Buch Franza – Topographical subjection: Bernhard’s Frost – Where one must suffer the past: Bachmann’s Malina – Eradication of place: Bernhard’s Auslöschung – Conclusion: Habsburg nostalgia after Waldheim.