Academic journal article German Quarterly

Ikonisierung, Kritik, Wiederentdeckung. Gisela Elsner Und Die Literatur der Bundesrepublik

Academic journal article German Quarterly

Ikonisierung, Kritik, Wiederentdeckung. Gisela Elsner Und Die Literatur der Bundesrepublik

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Hehl, Michael Peter, and Christine Künzel, eds. Ikonisierung, Kritik, Wiederentdeckung. Gisela Eisner und die Literatur der Bundesrepublik. Munich: edition text + kritik, 2014. 202 pp. euro29.00 (hardcover).

The fate and legacy of Gisela Eisner raises intriguing questions about the vagaries and arbitrariness of canon formation. Her stellar initial rise in the 1960s and 1970s was followed by a cataclysmic downfall in the 1980s that arguably had rather more to do with her politics than with her writing, leading to her suicide in 1992. Ironically, it was not least the extremely uncharitable, semi-fictionalized, feature-film portrait of Eisner that her son Oskar Roehler brought out in 2000 that has helped stir fresh interest in her work. In 2002 the Verbrecher Verlag in Berlin began to publish an affordable edition of Eisner's works (most of which had been out of print for many years) which is making her writing accessible to a wider potential readership again. This volume is based on a conference held on the occasion of the establishment of the International Gisela Eisner Society in May 2012. …

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