German Women's Writing in the Twenty-First Century [Paperback]

Hester Baer(Editor); Alexandra Merley Hill(Editor)

ISBN: 9781640140257 | Published by: Camden House | Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 218p, H9 x W6,
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German Women's Writing in the Twenty-First Century


What is the status of women's writing in German today, in an era when feminism has thoroughly problematized binary conceptions of sex and gender? Drawing on gender and queer theory, including the work of Lauren Berlant, Judith Butler, and Michel Foucault, the essays in this volume rethink conventional ways of conceptualizing female authorship and re-examine the formal, aesthetic, and thematic terms in which "women's literature" has been conceived. With an eye to the literary and feminist legacy of authors such as Christa Wolf and Ingeborg Bachmann, contributors treat the works of many of contemporary Germany's most significant literary voices, including Hatice Akyün, Sibylle Berg, Thea Dorn, Tanja Dückers, Karen Duve, Jenny Erpenbeck, Julia Franck, Katharina Hacker, Charlotte Roche, Julia Schoch, and Antje Rávic Strubel -- authors who, through their writing or their roles in the media, engage with questions of what it means to be a woman writer in twenty-first-century Germany. Contributors: Hester Baer, Necia Chronister, Helga Druxes, Valerie Heffernan, Alexandra Merley Hill, Lindsay Lawton, Sheridan Marshall, Mihaela Petrescu, Jill Suzanne Smith, Carrie Smith-Prei, Maria Stehle, Katherine Stone. Hester Baer is Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Maryland. Alexandra Merley Hill is Associate Professor of German at the University of Portland.

Table of Contents

Introduction: German Women's Writing Beyond the Gender Binary - Hester Baer and Alexandra Merley HillLanguage-Bodies: Interpellation and Gender Transition in Antje Rávic Strubel's Kältere Schichten der Luft and Judith Hermann's "Sonja" - Necia ChronisterMatrilineal Narrative and the Feminist Family Romance - Valerie HeffernanThe Pitfalls of Constructing a Female Genealogy: Cultural Memory of National Socialism in Recent Family Narratives - Katherine StoneReckoning with God: Attitudes toward Religion in German-Language Women's Writing in the Twenty-First Century - Sheridan MarshallMuslim Writing, Women's Writing - Lindsay LawtonPopfeminism, Ethnicity, and Race in Contemporary Germany: Hatice Akyün's Popfeminist Autobiographic Works Einmal Hans mit scharfer Soße (2005) and Ali zum Dessert (2008) - Mihaela PetrescuThe Awkward Politics of Popfeminist Literary Events: Helene Hegemann, Charlotte Roche, and Lady Bitch Ray - Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria StehleThe Indictment of Neoliberalism and Communism in the Novels of Katharina Hacker, Nikola Richter, Judith Schalansky, and Julia Schoch - Helga DruxesSounds of Silence: Rape and Representation in Juli Zeh's Bosnian Travelogue - Jill Suzanne SmithBibliographyNotes on the ContributorsIndex

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