The Myth of the Heroine: The Female Bildungsroman in the Twentieth Century: Dorothy Richardson, Simone de Beauvoir, Doris Lessing, Christa Wolf

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CHRISTA WOLF:

The Quest for Christa T. Nachdenken über Christa T. 1

Introduction: Autobiographical Aspects

Christa Wolf, until recently a lesser known writer in the United States than the preceding authors discussed, is rapidly becoming the object of literary criticism, full-length studies, dissertations, and journal articles. A major cultural figure of the German Democratic Republic, she was born in Landsberg an der Warthe, in 1929, grew up under the Nazi regime, and did her studies in German literature in Jena and Leipzig after the war. She worked as a reader and critic in a publishing house, as editor for the Neue Deutsche Literatur from 1954, and is presently a freelance writer. Her major works include Der geteilte Himmel ( 1963) translated 1976, Divided Heaven; Nachdenken über Christa T. ( 1968); translated 1970, The Quest for Christa T.; Lesen und Schreiben ( 1972), a collection of personal essays, translated The Reader and the Writer ( 1977); Unter den Linden ( 1974); Kindheitsmuster ( 1976), translated A Model Childhood, 1980; Kein Ort. Nirgends ( 1981); and a film narrative, Till Euienspiegel ( 1975), among other of her writings.

The formative years between Christa Wolf's secondary school education and her later studies at the University were interrupted by the flight from her native town when German cities and towns were evacuated during World War II. Most of her writings, as well as the protagonists in at least two of her major novels, reflect this traumatic experience. Reconstructed

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents iii
  • PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION v
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 8
  • 1 - Dorothy Richardson: Pilgrimage: Four Volumes1 11
  • Notes 66
  • 2 - Simone De Beauvoir: Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter1 73
  • Notes 142
  • 3 - Doris Lessing: Children of Violence1, Five Volumes 145
  • Notes 198
  • 4 - Christa Wolf: 201
  • Notes 240
  • Conclusion 245
  • Notes 258
  • Appendix 259
  • Bibliography 265
  • Index 271
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