German Monitor

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No. 77, 2013

Offending the Playwright: Directors' Theatre and the 'Werktreue' Debate
This chapter investigates the relationship between text and performance through the lens of Werktreue', which broadly translates as 'faithfulness to the play5. Werktreue' emerges as an intellectually contradictory term which has little basis in the practical...
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Porn or PorNO: Approaches to Pornography in Elfriede Jelinek's Lust and Charlotte Roche's Feuchtgebiete
This essay explores the role of pornography in Elfriede Jelinek's Lust (1989) and Charlotte Roche's Feuchtgebiete (2008) and outlines the changes the genre of pornography has undergone in feminist discourses during the nearly 20 years separating the...
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Text Crimes against the GDR's Revolutionary Heritage: The Differing Fates of Wolf Biermann and Wenzel and Mensching
The song-writing of Wolf Biermann alongside that of Hans-Eckardt Wenzel and Steffen Mensching in their group Karls Enkel undermined the GDR's assumption that it represented continuity with the revolutionary tradition. But because the state's historical...
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Martin Walser's Tod Eines Kritikers: A 'Crime' of Anti-Semitism?
Even before the publication of Tod eines Kritikers, Martin Walser found himself accused by the critic Frank Schirrmacher of having written an anti-Semitic attack on Marcel Reich-Ranicki. When the text became available, others followed suit and Walser's...
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Justice for Peter Handke?
This chapter re-examines the controversy surrounding the travelogue written by the Austrian writer Peter Handke about his journey through Serbia, published initially in the Süddeutsche Zeitung in January' 1996. It argues that the text has been consistently...
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Text Crimes in the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Case of Bernhard Schlink's der Vorleser/The Reader
This chapter focuses on the reception of Bernhard Schlink's controversial novel Der Vorleser/The Reader (1995). Beginning with a diachronic overview, the chapter illuminates different waves of responses to the text over time. The piece goes on to examine...
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Incitements to Murder? the Killing of Businessmen in Fiction and Drama of the 2000s
This chapter concerns the depiction of businessmen as murder victims in two novels, Franz-Maria Sonner's Die Bibliothek des Attentäters (2001, The Assassin's Library) and Thomas Weiss's Tod eines Trüffelschweins (2007, Death of a Truffle Pig), and the...
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Introduction: Incriminating Texts - with Reflections on the Justiciability of Esra and Leyla
Desecration, defamation ('Rufmord'), depravity, invasion of privacy, theft of intellectual property, ideological sabotage, corruption of public morality, incitement to violence, impropriety, inauthendcity - this is not an exhaustive list of the crimes...
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'Part Woodcutter and Part Charlatan': Tom Paulin's Heidegger
When the full extent of Martin Heidegger's commitment to Nazism emerged in the 1980s, the resulting 'Affair' provoked many poetic, dramatic and fictional treatments. In his substantial poem The Caravans on Lüneberg Heath' (1987), Ulster poet Tom Paulin...
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Writing Wrongs: Ingeborg Bachmann's Poetic Drafts of the 1960s and Their Contemporary Reception
Ingeborg Bachmann's executors - her siblings - released raw drafts of poems of the 1960s into the public realm in Ich miß keine bessere Welt, in 2000. This act was, in the view of many critics, a heinous text crime: it exposed the private suffering of...
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No. 78, 2013

Acknowledgements
I am grateful to the British Academy, the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, and to St Hilda's College, Oxford for their financial support of the symposium 'An Odyssey for our Time? Barbara Köhler's Niemands Frau', which...
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Introduction
Barbara Köhler formed the idea of writing a cycle of poems responding to Homer's Odyssey which would bear the tide Niemands Frau in the mid1990s, around the dme of the publication of her second collection Blue Box (1995) and not long after she moved...
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No. 76, 2013

Acknowledgements
This volume developed out of a one-day symposium entided ?Emerging Women Writers', which was held at the National University of Ireland Maynooth in April 2010. The event was jointly organised by Valerie Heffernan and Gillian Pye and was generously supported...
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Trends and Transitions in Contemporary German-Language Writing by Women
Women have never played a stronger role in German literature than since the turn of the new millennium. As writers, editors, publishers, translators, critics, and readers, they are a powerful force in the shaping of the twenty-first century literary...
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The Re-Construction and Deconstruction of a Family Narrative: Eva Menasse's Vienna
This chapter analyses Eva Menasse's Vienna as a prominent example of the contemporary family narrative in Austria. It investigates how Menasse's generational position shapes her investigation of a family narrative rooted in trauma and transmitted to...
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Perspectives on the Borderline: Julia Franck's Lagerfeuer
This chapter focuses on Julia Franck's novel Lagerfeuer (2003), which is set in the emergency reception camp in the Berlin district of Marienfelde in the late 1970s. As this analysis will show, Franck's narrative uses the borderline space of the camp...
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No Place like Home? Eleonora Hummel and the Russian German Past
This chapter examines two recent novels by the emerging Kazakhstan-German author Eleonora Hummel. Detailing the story of three generations of the Russian German Schmidt family, both novels explore their quest to ?return' to their German Heimat. Outlining...
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Sewing an Account of Oneself: Materiality, Femininity, and Germanness in Larissa Boehning's Lichte Stoffe
This article investigates Larissa Boehning's 2007 novel, Lichte Stoffe, arguing that it offers a valuable intervention into debates about contemporary Germanness and about the meaning of ?Heimat'. The novel's protagonist is Nele, a young German woman...
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Jenny Erpenbeck and the Life of Things
This chapter looks at two of Jenny Erpenbeck's recent works, the essay collection Dinge, die verschwinden (2009) and the novel Heimsuchung (2008), and considers the way in which Erpenbeck employs a focus on the things and places of the everyday environment...
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New-Economy Zombies: Kathrin Röggla's Wir Schlafen Nicht
In her 2004 documentary novel wir schlafen nicht, Kathrin Röggla ventures into the destructive universe of the so-called New Economy. Cracks are beginning to show in the New Economy boom, and the reader is drawn into a world where pressure to perform...
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Illness, Creativity and Self-Discovery in Lea Gottheil's Sommervogel
At the centre of Sommervogel, the explicitly Swiss début novel of Zürich author Lea Gottheil, is a search for female identity: the protagonist's struggle for personal and artistic self-expression amidst feelings of guilt and shame at having reneged on...
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Writing on the Threshold: Memory, Language and Identity in Kathrin Schmidt's Du Stirbst Nicht
This chapter examines Kathrin Schmidt's novel Du stirbst nicht, which charts an arduous process of physical, linguistic and emotional recovery. It contends that the protagonist's hospital stay functions as a period of liminality, a transformative period...
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Politicising Desire in Juli Zeh's Spieltrieb
Novelist, playwright, essayist, and jurist Juli Zeh is, unlike many of her contemporaries, highly publically engaged and demands that literature be politically committed. Consequently, the political relevance of her own nonfictional writing also translates...
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Cartographies of Self: Ilma Rakusa's Autobiographical Narrative Mehr Meer. Erinnerungspassagen
This chapter will examine how lima Rakusa's novel Mehr Meer articulates a cartography of self, which is composed of various geographical lines across Central and Eastern Europe and of subjective topographies created by the process of memory and narration....
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