Show Less

Walking Through History

Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard

Katya Krylova

This book was the winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies.
The post-war landscape of Europe is unthinkable without the voices of the Austrian writers Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973) and Thomas Bernhard (1931–1989). Their work, coming after the devastation wrought by the Second World War and the Holocaust, is rooted in a specifically Austrian context of repression of this traumatic historical legacy. In post-war Austria, discourse on the recent past may have been dominated by silence, but the legacy of this past was all too apparent in the country’s ruined and speedily reconstructed cityscapes.
This book investigates Bachmann’s and Bernhard’s treatment of two fundamental aspects of the Austrian historical legacy: the trauma of the war and the desire to return to an ideal homeland, known as ‘Haus Österreich’. Following a methodology based on Freud and Benjamin, this comparative study demonstrates that the confrontation with Austria’s troubled history occurs through the protagonists’ ambivalent encounter with the landscape or cityscape that they inhabit, travel or return to. The book demonstrates the centrality of topography on both thematic and structural levels in the authors’ prose works, as a mode of confronting the past and making sense of the present.

Prices

Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Bibliography

Extract

Achberger, Karen, Understanding Ingeborg Bachmann (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995). Adorno, Theodor, Gesammelte Schriften, ed. Rolf Tiedemann et al., 20 vols (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1997). Agamben, Giorgio, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, tr. Daniel Heller- Roazen (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998). —— State of Exception, tr. Kevin Attell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005). Agnese, Barbara, ‘Wien als “lieu de mémoire” in Ingeborg Bachmanns Malina’, in Barbara Agnese and Robert Pichl, eds, Topographien einer Künstlerpersönlichkeit: Neue Annäherung an das Werk Ingeborg Bachmanns (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009), 47–69. Agnese, Barbara, and Robert Pichl, eds, Topographien einer Künstlerpersönlichkeit: Neue Annäherungen an das Werk Ingeborg Bachmanns (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009). Albrecht, Monika, and Dirk Göttsche, eds, Bachmann Handbuch: Leben – Werk – Wirkung (Stuttgart and Weimar: Metzler, 2002). —— eds, Über die Zeit schreiben: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Essays zu Ingeborg Bachmanns Todesarten-Projekt, 3 vols (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1998–2004). Améry, Jean, Jenseits von Schuld und Sühne: Bewältigungsversuche eines Überwältigten (Munich: Szczesny, 1966). Anderson, Mark, ‘Fragments of a Deluge: The Theater of Bernhard’s Prose’, in Mat- thias Konzett, ed., A Companion to the Works of Thomas Bernhard (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2002), 119–37. Arnheim, Rudolf, Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, rev. edn (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1974). Assmann, Aleida, Erinnerungsräume: Formen und Wandlungen des kulturellen Gedächtnisses (Munich: Beck, 1999). Augé, Marc,...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.