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New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture


Edited By Katya Krylova

This volume brings together contributions arising from papers originally presented at the Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture International Conference held at the University of Nottingham in April 2015. It examines trends in contemporary Austrian literature, film and culture, predominantly over the past thirty years. This period has been one of great transformation in Austrian society, with the Waldheim affair of 1986–1988 marking the beginning of a belated process of confronting the country’s National Socialist past. The sixteen chapters of the volume analyse literary texts, films, memorial projects and Austria’s musical heritage, considering works by cultural practitioners operating both within and outside of Austria. The collection offers a multi-perspectival view on how contemporary Austria sees itself and how it is, in turn, seen by others from various vantage points.

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PETRA M. BAGLEY (University of Central Lancashire) is Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Language and Global Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research focuses on modern women’s writing from German-speaking countries, in particular autobiographical fiction since 1968. She is the author of Somebody’s Daughter: The Portrayal of Daughter-Parent Relationships by Contemporary Women Writers from German-speaking Countries (Akademischer Verlag, 1996). Other publications include papers on the Catholic upbringing of women writers, literature of relocation, specifically Germans in Mallorca, the role of the grandmother in German short stories and Austrian novels, food and drink in German-Turkish literature, as well as Austrian women writers’ portrayal of eating disorders. The latter has led to a co-edited volume with Francesca Calamita and Kathryn Robson: Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing (Peter Lang, 2018). Since 2016 she has been a core member of an AHRC-funded research network run by the University of Nottingham, ‘Hungry for Words: A cross-disciplinary approach to articulating, communicating and understanding male anorexia’.

LAUREN FREEDE (Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg) studied German and History at the University of Sydney and German at the University of Edinburgh, and is now working as a Lektor at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg. Her research interests include music and national identity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany and Austria, musical autobiographies and musical denazification policies, as well as language teaching.

RACHEL GREEN (University of Leeds) has recently completed her...

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