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New German Literature

Life-Writing and Dialogue with the Arts


Julian Preece, Frank Finlay and Ruth J. Owen

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.
Contents: Julian Preece/Frank Finlay: Introduction – Dieter Stolz: ‘Was auf dieser Welt, welcher Roman hätte die epische Breite eines Fotoalbums?’ Photography and the Art of Modern Fiction in the Works of Arno Schmidt, Günter Grass, and Reinhard Baumgart – Axel Schalk: Image and Text: W.G. Sebald’s Montage Technique – Arthur Williams: Some Thoughts on W.G. Sebald, Drawing, Painting, and Music – Daniela Berghahn: Cultural Legitimisation and Critique in East German Period Films – Alan Corkhill: From Novel to Film to Remake: Jurek Becker’s Jakob der Lügner – Deborah Holmes: Literature on the Small Screen: Michael Haneke’s Television Adaptations of Josef Roth’s Die Rebellion and Kafka’s Das Schloß – Lyn Marven: ‘So fremd war das Gebilde’: The Interaction between Visual and Verbal in Herta Müller’s Prose and Collages – David Clarke: ‘Störstellen’: Architecture in the Work of Reinhard Jirgl – Paul Cooke: From Dr Seltsam to Lieutenant Surf: The Berlin ‘Vorlesebühnen’ and Contemporary East German Literature – Simon Ward: The Limits and Possibilities of Dialogue between Poetry and Music: The Collaborative Work of Clemens Gadenstätter and Lisa Spalt – Karl Ivan Solibakke: The Semiotics of Musical History in Thomas Bernhard’s Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige, Vor dem Ruhestand, and Heldenplatz – Stuart Parkes: Music: ‘The Food of Literature’? Three Recent Prose Works by F.C. Delius, Petra Morsbach, and Wolf Wondratschek – Peter Graves: A Day in the Year of Christa Wolf – Juliane Parthier: Retrospective Writing on Life in the East German Provinces in Recent Texts by Thomas Rosenlöcher and Christoph Dieckmann – Lyn Marven: ‘Die Landschaft ihrer Gedanken’: Autobiography and Intertextuality in Irina Liebmann’s Berlin Texts – Laura Bradley: Recovering the Past and Capturing the Present: Özdamar’s Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde – Jonathan Woolley: ‘Unbehauen, unverstellt, echt’? Jörg Fauser’s Rohstoff as an Example of Life-writing – Stuart Parkes: All a Matter of Perspective: Martin Walser’s Autobiographical Novel Ein Springender Brunnen – Silke Horstkotte: ‘Ich bin ins Reich der Toten geraten’: Stephan Wackwitz and the New German Family Novel – Marie Louise Wasmeier: The Past in the Making: Invented Images and Fabricated Family History in Marcel Beyer’s Spione – Christophe Fricker: Text and Moment: Ernst Jünger’s Diaries Siebzig verweht – Christian Schlösser: ‘I am Hamlet, I’m a Negro, I’m a Land Surveyor’: Heiner Müller - Life as Material – Victoria Smith: ‘Über eure Kriegserlebnisse dürft und könnt ihr sprechen, […] ich über meine nicht’: Writing Against Collective Memory in Ruth Klüger’s weiter leben. Eine Jugend – Sinead Crowe: ‘Der Tod schneidet den Film des Lebens’: Life-Writing in the Theatre of Werner Fritsch – Julian Preece: The Art of Literary Biography in Germany Today.