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By Lyn Marven

This e-book examines the connection among representations of the physique and narrative options within the paintings of 3 modern ladies writers from the previous japanese Bloc international locations: Herta M?ller, an ethnic German from Romania; Libu%se Mon?kov?, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia to West Germany and selected to put in writing in German; and Kerstin Hensel, from the GDR. Marven exhibits how the content material and kind of their works are interlinked, and the way those problem the hegemonic discourses inside repressive socialist regimes. The creation contextualizes the writers' socially, culturally, and traditionally, and descriptions the theoretical foundation of the strategy, drawing on psychoanalysis, performativity thought, and feminist severe concept. Chapters at the person authors provide new interpretations of the writers' works, targeting the buildings of trauma (in M?ller's work), hysteria (in Mon?kov?'s) and the gruesome (in Hensel's). the photographs of the physique analyzed within the first 1/2 each one bankruptcy express the results of violence; problem the certainty of the physique as typical or genuine; and lift questions on id and gender. The research within the moment half every one bankruptcy covers a number formal good points, from the glorious and college, via parody and intertextuality, to irony, plot, and tale telling. The booklet additionally lines advancements within the paintings of all 3 authors, taking account of the old adjustments within the japanese Bloc nations on the grounds that 1989. physique and Narrative in modern Literatures in German should be worthwhile for someone gaining knowledge of modern German literatures, in addition to these drawn to feminist idea, minority literatures, and trauma.

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37 Childbirth was considered a national industry: in the eyes of the state, women were no better than ‘Geb¨armaschinen’ (HuS 78), mere ‘raw material in the achievement of some nebulous ‘‘national goals’’ ’38 of sustaining population growth, necessary for the programme of industrialization or, later, of producing orphans which could be sold for hard Western currency (HuS 81). M¨uller’s texts also portray the sexual exploitation of women, in enforced prostitution (for passports, in Fasan, in the workplace, in Fuchs) and in the sexualized forms of coercion employed by the Securitate (Herztier ).

It is an emblem of the way in which the body’s semiotic function is inseparable from its physicality. 44 The form of Palach’s protest acts out this perceived submission: the self-immolation is shocking because it dramatically stages the body as the willing object (rather than agent) of pain and, ultimately, death. Palach renounces his subjectivity in order to become all body, all object. 45 Mon´ıkov´a quotes Palach as declaring ‘Ich bin kein Selbstm¨order’ (PF 104), which can be understood not only as a plea to recognize the political motivation behind his act, but also as his having adopted and acted out the position of object.

51 Literature can enact ideas which are yet to be theorized, and a reading of literature through theory should be at the same time a reading of theory through literature. My readings of the texts are informed by recent feminist theory about the body, which seeks to negotiate the body’s position as the locus of both material reality and discursive signification, a position which is reproduced in literature in the relation between images of the body and narrative form. The figures of trauma, hysteria, and the grotesque which I use to examine this relation connect with feminist theory in different ways.

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