Constructing Authorship in the Work of Günter Grass
This book traces a longstanding concern with issues of authorship throughout the work of Günter Grass, Germany's best-known contemporary writer and public intellectual. Through detailed close-readings of all of his major literary works from 1970 onwards and careful analysis of his political writings from 1965 to 2005, it argues that Grass's tendency to insert clearly recognisable self-images into his literary texts represents a coherent and calculated reaction to his constant exposure in the media-led public sphere. It underlines the degree of play which has characterised Grass's relationship to this sphere and himself as part of it and explains how a concern with the very concept of authorship has conditioned the way his work as a whole has developed on both thematic and structural levels. The major achievement of this study is to develop a new interpretative paradigm for Grass's work. It explains for the first time how his playful tendency to manipulate his own authorial image conditions all levels of his texts and is equally manifest in literary and political realms.
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Das Treffen in Telgte in Context
2 Public Constructions of Authorship in Grasss Political Writings 19652005
Placing the Author in Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke and Kopfgeburten oder Die Deutschen sterben aus
Displacing the Author in Der Butt and Die Rättin
Reconstructing the Author in Zunge zeigen and Mein Jahrhundert
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