Pushing at Boundaries

Pushing at Boundaries

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Pushing at Boundaries presents approaches to women writers who have recently had a big impact in shaping the contemporary literary field in Germany. The opening chapters offer the first extensive consideration of Karen Duve's work, including an excerpt from her latest novel, the romance parody Die entfA¼hrte Prinzessin, a fascinating commentary by her translator Anthea Bell, and essays on her acclaimed novelRegenroman, her subversive take on West German youth culture in the 1980s inDies ist kein Liebeslied, and explorations of the witty echoes of fairy tales and myths in all her novels and stories. Other writers compared with Duve or discussed independently include Anne Duden, Jenny Erpenbeck, Julia Franck, Michael Fritz, Kerstin Hensel, Julia Schoch, Malin Schwerdtfeger, and Maike Wetzel. A final essay explores Berlin, as capital city and urban jungle, in recent novels by Sibylle Berg, Tanja DA¼ckers, Alexa Hennig von Lange, Judith Hermann, Unda HAprner, Inka Parei, Kathrin RApggla, Antje Stelling, and Antje RAivic Strubel.Readers will find many cross-connections and contrasts reflecting the heterogeneous and often conflict-ridden culture in Germany today. Topics include the subversion of gender stereotypes; the merging of 'high' and 'low' culture; the invasion of cultivated spheres by 'wild' nature; post-Wende border crossings between East and West; and the highly charged relationship between lust and disgust.In Nottingham Karen and I read what would have been my alternative choice of a comic passage from Regenroman: the unfortunate Leona#39;s attempt to get rid of several buckets full of slugs collected from his slug-infested garden without ... visual mistranslation of Schnecken on the cover of the British edition, showing a couple of handsome snails with decorative shells. ... Battling with these problems, her over-weight and her struggle with diets, and her unrequited love for the only mananbsp;...

Title:Pushing at Boundaries
Author: Heike Bartel, Elizabeth Boa
Publisher:Rodopi - 2006

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