New German Literature

Life-Writing and Dialogue with the Arts

by Julian Preece (Volume editor) Frank Finlay (Volume editor) Ruth J. Owen (Volume editor)
Conference proceedings 447 Pages


Twenty-five essays by scholars from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia explore two aspects of new German-language literature. The first dozen studies focus on the variety and depth of the ‘dialogue’ – in the sense of reciprocal influences – between literature, photography, film, painting, architecture, and music. The remaining essays alight on ‘Life-Writing’ in most of its forms (diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and autobiographical fiction) and examine its centrality in recent years in German literature, not least because of the shadow which World War Two continues to cast over national life.


ISBN (Softcover)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 447 pp.

Biographical notes

Julian Preece (Volume editor) Frank Finlay (Volume editor) Ruth J. Owen (Volume editor)

The Editors: Julian Preece is Professor of German at Swansea University. He is the author of two monographs, The Rediscovered Writings of Veza Canetti: Out of the Shadow of a Husband (2007) and The Life and Work of Günter Grass: Literature, History, Politics (2001/2004). Frank Finlay is Professor of German at the University of Leeds. His publications include books and articles on literature, culture, and aesthetics in contemporary Austria and Germany. He is a member of an international team working on the complete edition of Heinrich Böll’s works. Ruth J. Owen is Lecturer in German at Cardiff University. Her publications include The Poet’s Role: Lyric Responses to German Unification by Poets from the GDR (2001) and essays on aspects of postwar and contemporary poetry. Her current research examines the German reception of Ophelia in literary and visual culture.


Title: New German Literature