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'Other' Austrians: Post-1945 Austrian Women's Writing

Proceedings of the conference held at the University of Nottingham from 18-20 April 1996

Allyson Fiddler

'Other' Austrians incorporates twenty essays on fifteen different Austrian women writers. New perspectives are brought to bear on some of the more established names and theoretical frameworks mobilised to review some of their thematic and formal concerns. Other contributors provide early and inspirational readings of recent works by Austrian women or of writings by lesser-known authors. The volume presents a sense of some of the many connections in post-1945 Austrian women's writing. More importantly, however, on the eve of the twenty-first century, 'Other' Austrians conveys something of the multifaceted nature of women's writing in general and of the important place occupied by Austrian women's writing more specifically.
Contents: Allyson Fiddler: Introduction: the 'Other' Austrians - Juliet Wigmore: Representing Abuse: Elisabeth Reichart's 'La Valse' and Marlen Haushofer's 'Wir töten Stella' - Laura Ovenden: Insanity, Inspiration and Insight: Considering 'weibliche Denkweisen' in Elisabeth Reichart's Sakkorausch - Gabriela Steinke: Utopia, Dystopia, and Realism in Christine Nöstlinger's Children's Books - Mike Rogers: Christine Nöstlinger and the Force of Tradition - Hubert Lengauer: Prelude(s) oder Portrait of the Authoress as a Little Girl: Kindheit in Margit Schreiners Geschichten. Mit Ausblicken auf other Austrians - Petra M. Bagley: Klösterreich - Memories of a Catholic Girlhood - Margaret Ives: Erika Mitterer as a Christian Writer: A Study of the Novel Der Fürst der Welt as a Precursor of the Later Poetry - Mererid Puw Davies: 'Die Liebe zu den Modellen': Barbara Frischmuth's Myths - Brigid Haines: The Sounds of Silence: Ilse Aichinger's Die größere Hoffnung, Der Gefesselte, and Kleist, Moos, Fasane - Andreas Kramer: Inszenierungen des unendlichen Gesprächs: Zu Friederike Mayröckers langer Prosa - Andrea Hammel: Hilde Spiel and the Possibility of a Multicultural Society: Die Früchte des Wohlstands and Mirko und Franca - Susan Tebbutt: Marginalization and Memories: Ceija Stojka's Autobiographical Writing - Andrea Reiter: Ruth Beckermann und die jüdische Nachkriegsgeneration in Österreich - Margaret Stone: Anna Mitgutsch's Abschied von Jerusalem: An Austrian Writer's Presentation of a Divided City - Petra Günther: Der unbewohnbarste Ort: Über den Begriff der Grenze bei Anna Mitgutsch - Christina Ujma: Offene, utopische Stadt: Zur Darstellung Roms in Ingeborg Bachmanns Kurzprosa - Ingrid Stipa: The Question of Subjectivity in Bachmann's Frankfurter Vorlesungen and Das Dreißigste Jahr - Margaret Littler: The Cost of Loving: Love, Desire, and Subjectivity in the Work of Marlen Haushofer - Tobe Levin: Die Klavierspielerin: on Mutilation and Somatophobia - Juliane Vogel: Wasser, hinunter, wohin? Elfriede Jelineks Kinder der Toten - ein Flüssigtext.