Constructing Authorship in the Work of Günter Grass

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OUP Oxford, Jun 26, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
Das Treffen in Telgte in Context
12
2 Public Constructions of Authorship in Grasss Political Writings 19652005
38
Placing the Author in Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke and Kopfgeburten oder Die Deutschen sterben aus
65
Displacing the Author in Der Butt and Die Rättin
96
Reconstructing the Author in Zunge zeigen and Mein Jahrhundert
122
Reading the Author in Ein weites Feld and Im Krebsgang
149
Conclusion
176
Select Bibliography
181
Index
193
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Rebecca Braun was educated at St Edmund Hall and New College, 0xford, She was extraordinarily granted an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 2001 to begin her doctoral research on Günter Grass. She held temporary lectureships at St Edmund Hall, New College, and The University of Manchester before taking up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at The University of Liverpool to begin new research on authors and the media in Germany from 1960 to the present.

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