Cemetery of the Murdered Daughters: Feminism, History, and Ingeborg Bachmann

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 387 pages
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Although Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann (1926--1973) is widely regarded as one of the most important twentieth-century authors writing in German, her novels and stories have sometimes been viewed narrowly as portraits of women as victims. In this innovative study, Sara Lennox provides a much broader perspective on Bachmann's work, at the same time undertaking an experiment in feminist methodology.Lennox examines Bachmann's poetry and prose in historical context, arguing that the varied feminist interpretations of her writings are the result of shifts in theoretical emphases over a period of more than three decades. Lennox then places her own essays on Bachmann in similar perspective, showing how each piece reflects the historical moment in which it was written. Making use of recent interdisciplinary approaches -- Foucauldian theories of sexuality, post-colonial theory, materialist feminism -- she explores the extent to which each of her earlier readings was shaped by the methods employed, the questions asked, and the political issues that seemed most germane at the time. Out of this analysis comes a new understanding of the significance of Bachmann's work and new insight into the theory and practice of feminist criticism.

 

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Contents

An Overview
31
Bachmanns Feminist Reception
43
Malina
91
Gender Race and History in The BookojFranza
157
White Ladies and Dark Continents
269
Works Cited
341
Index
375
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Sara Lennox is professor of German and Scandinavian studies and director of the Social Thought and Political Economy Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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