Playing House

Motherhood, Intimacy, and Domestic Spaces in Julia Franck’s Fiction

by Alexandra M. Hill (Author)
Monographs IV, 182 Pages


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.


IV, 182
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (August)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. X, 182 pp.

Biographical notes

Alexandra M. Hill (Author)

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 Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, and she co-edited Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century: An Introduction (2011) with Florence Feiereisen.


Title: Playing House