Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism

Author: Clarke, David and Renate Rechtien
Year:2009
Pages:308
ISBN:0-7734-4736-9
978-0-7734-4736-3
Price:219.95
This collection of essays by British and German scholars takes the case of post-war Germany as its focus and addresses a range of literary texts from East and West Germany, as well as from the post-unification period. The essays not only highlight the particular complexities and contradictions of the experience of place in the German case, but also offer a range of theoretical approaches to place in literature, which will find interest beyond German Studies.

Reviews

“. . . offers a coherent account of the complex interactions between the private and the public, engaging the reader in a stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue with the theoretical frameworks underpinning the case studies, with the texts and their authors, and – in the case of this reader – my own dis/locations and dis/engagements with place and identity.” – Prof. Karen Seago, City University

“Through the judicious and wide-ranging application of theoretical and critical models drawn from Freud, Foucault and other significant thinkers the contributors are able to tease out elusive meaning from difficult texts, to point up previous unseen points of comparison between them, and to interrogate uses of tradition . . .” – Prof. Jon Hughes, University of London

“. . . offers indispensable and well-written case studies which span from Fontane’s Berlin to more contemporary affairs such as the meaning of place for German migrants in the work of Brigit Vanderbeke. The editors have succeeded in making this a coherent, fascinating and stimulating read.” – Prof. Gerrit-Jan Berendse, Cardiff University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Dr. Karen Seago
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Place in Literature
A Note on Translations – David Clarke, University of Bath
1. ‘Walking and Gazing’: Autobiography, Spatiality and Heimat in Hanns-Josef Ortheil’s ‘Post-War’ Cycle – Helmut Schmitz, University of Warwick
2. Projecting the Heterotopia in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz – Dora Osborne, University of Cambridge
3. Seeing Strangely: Migration and Gender in the Work of Birgit Vanderbeke – Emily Jeremiah, Royal Holloway, University of London
4. Berlin as Space and Place in Wolfgang Koeppen’s Later Texts – Simon Ward, University of Aberdeen
5. Berlin: A Topographical Case History – Andrew Webber, University of Cambridge
6. Landscape as an Interpretational Model: The Function and Tradition of Landscape Imagery in GDR Literature – Thomas Möbius, Humboldt University, Berlin
7. Paradise Regained: Topographies of the Self in the Prose Fiction of Angela Krauß – Ute Wölfel, University of Reading
8. Steam Bath and Eloquent Library: Budapest as a Topography of Modernism in Franz Fühmann’s Twenty-two Days or Half a Life – Stephan Krause, Humboldt University, Berlin
9. Brandenburg as a ‘Spiritual Way of Life’?: Günter de Bruyn and the Appeal of Living ‘off the Beaten Track’ – Dennis Tate, University of Bath
10. In Dialogue with the City: Gert Neumann’s Leipzig – David Clarke, University of Bath
11. ‘We Have to Limit Ourselves’: Negotiating No Man’s Land in Helga Schütz’ Novel Border to Yesterday – Juliane Parthier, University of Reading
12. From a Topography of Hope to a Nightmarish ‘Non-Place’: Chronotopes in Christa Wolf’s ‘June Afternoon’, ‘Unter den Linden’ and What Remains – Renate Rechtien, University of Bath
Select Bibliography
Index