Modern Austrian Prose: Interpretations and Insights

Modern Austrian Prose: Interpretations and Insights


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The sixteen articles compiled here are devoted to individual prose works published after 1970 that reflect the Austrian tradition within the field of German literature. The works treated include those of the popular and widely recognizable names of world-renowned writers such as Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti as well as of less well-known figures. Collectively these authors display a distinctly Austrian point of view: they are the literary voice of modern-day Austria, a country whose cultural and artistic achievements are often too casually subsumed under the more general German rubric. The authors and their works clearly demonstrate that Austria has made and continues to make a unique contribution to modern German-language literature and to world literature that is greatly disproportionate to its modest size and population.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572411029
Publisher: Ariadne Press
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture and Thought
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 55.00(w) x 82.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Attempts at a Representation of Love in Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina16
Michael Scharang's Charly Traktor: A Quest for a New Form of Understanding in the Public and Private Spheres41
Elfriede Jelinek's Die Liebhaberinnen: On the (Re)-Production Line59
Professionalism, Patriotism, or Opportunism?--An Austrian Dilemma: Peter Henisch's Die kleine Figur meines Vaters86
Peter Handke's Coming to Terms with Kafka: Die Stunde der wahren Empfindung107
Autobiography as Reconciliation: The Literary Function of Elias Canetti's Die gerettete Zunge129
The Quest for Meaning in Peter Rosei's Von hier nach dort150
Depth Charges: History and Identity in Gerhard Roth's Der stille Ozean174
Marianne Gruber's Die glaserne Kugel: Humanity in the Future?200
First Sentences, Autobiography, and Self-Irony: Thomas Bernhard's Beton218
Mysteries of the Subject: Friederike Mayrocker's Reise durch die Nacht247
Christoph Ransmayr's Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis: Interweaving Fact and Fiction into a Postmodern Narrative269
Individualism and Indoctrination in Alfred Kolleritsch's Allemann286
Emancipation from the Past. From Group Identity toward an Integrated Self: Robert Schindel's Geburtig300
Mapping the Point of No Return: Robert Menasse's Schubumkehr325
The Anti-Hero in Michael Kohlmeier's Telemach347
Selected Bibliography367

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