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Rereading Monika Maron

Text, Counter-Text and Context

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Deidre Byrnes

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the writing of Monika Maron. Her biography charts a complex relationship with the GDR state, from initial ideological identification to sustained, radical rejection. Situating its reflections on her work against the backdrop of a changing critical landscape, this analysis takes account of the re-contextualisation of her writing necessitated by the collapse of the GDR.
The author charts the development of a number of seminal themes in Maron’s œuvre. The search for an authentic form of expression in her earliest texts gave way to a focus on the writing and the rewriting of history. The demise of the political system in 1989 led to an exploration in her work of more intimate themes. Maron’s post- Wende writing makes an important East German contribution to debates on memory transmission and generational forgetting. Her most recent novels are concerned with the rupture and the ultimate refashioning of biographies in a post-GDR age.
Rereading her texts in a post- Wende light, the author explores the complexity of Maron’s relationship with the state from which she emerged and demonstrates how this complexity manifests itself in her writing before and after 1989. This study offers new perspectives on Maron’s work and illuminates the significance of her contribution to contemporary German literature.

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Bibliography Primary Literature: Monika Maron Articles for the Wochenpost Articles on Pages Four and Five ‘Bauen lernen’, Wochenpost, 24 September 1976 ‘Drachentöter’, Wochenpost, 21 June 1974 ‘Eva in Bitterfeld’, Wochenpost, 1 August 1975 ‘Ist Geld die Hauptsache?’, Wochenpost, 9 August 1974 ‘Der Marktplatz in Greifswald’, Wochenpost, 20 December 1974 ‘Musketiere in Arnstadt?’, Wochenpost, 29 March 1974 ‘Der Prellbock’, Wochenpost, 15 November 1974 ‘Das Schif f auf der Insel’, Wochenpost, 1 February 1974 ‘Traktoristen’, Wochenpost, 20 September 1974 ‘Was macht der Technologe?’, Wochenpost, 7 May 1976 Articles on Page Eighteen ‘Als Wurschtmaxe auf dem Alex’, Wochenpost, 11 October 1974 ‘Durch die Hintertür’, Wochenpost, 17 January 1975 ‘Erzieh’ mich mal’, Wochenpost, 25 April 1975 ‘Hinter dem Tresen’, Wochenpost, 24 January 1975 ‘Ich werde eingeschult’, Wochenpost, 29 August 1975 ‘Im Laden an der Ecke’, Wochenpost, 24 May 1974 ‘“Liebes Brautpaar …”’, Wochenpost, 26 December 1975 ‘Ein Mann im Hort’, Wochenpost, 9 July 1976 ‘Mit Eis und Brause unterm Turm’, Wochenpost, 25 October 1974 ‘Neptunfest’, Wochenpost, 26 September 1975 ‘Wir und der Hut’, Wochenpost, 2 April 1976 182 Bibliography Book Publications Ach Glück: Roman (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 2007) Animal triste: Roman (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1996) Bitterfelder Bogen: Ein Bericht (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 2009) Endmoränen: Roman (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 2002) Flugasche: Roman (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1981; Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1995) Geburtsort Berlin (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 2003) Das Mißverständnis: Vier Erzählungen...

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