Herta Müller

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OUP Oxford, Jun 20, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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This volume is a critical companion to the works of Herta Müller, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009. Müller (1953-) is a Romanian-German novelist, essayist and producer of collages whose work has been compared with that of W.G. Sebald and Franz Kafka. The Nobel Committee described her as a writer 'who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed'. In works such as Niederungen (Nadirs), Herztier (The Land of Green Plums), Reisende auf einem Bein (Traveling on One Leg), and Atemschaukel (The Hunger Angel), all written in German but translated worldwide, Müller addresses vital contemporary issues such as dictatorship, migration, memory, and the ongoing legacy of fascist and communist rule in Europe. Her works are written in a rich, poetic language which imbues them with great power and depth. They exceed national boundaries and have universal appeal; they speak to a global audience attuned to political oppression and its lasting effects. This volume, containing contributions by an international team of scholars, introduces the work of one of Europe's foremost contemporary writers to a world audience. Individual chapters deal with Müller's major works and her volumes of collages. Other chapters explore her poetics and the Romanian background as well as themes, such as gender and life writing, running throughout her work, and her worldwide reception through the media and the medium of translation.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Herta Müllers Poetics
16
Romanian Culture and Language in Herta Müllers Work
32
Herta Müller and the Securitate
49
City Self and Survival in Herta Müllers Reisende auf einem Bein
64
Examining the Contexts of Herta Müllers Imagery in Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger
84
Herta Müllers Romanian Novels
99
Herta Müllers Atemschaukel as Soft Memory
117
10 Gender and the Sexual Politics of Exchange in Herta Müllers Prose
153
Herta Müllers International Reception
172
12 Herta Müller in Translation
190
Autobiography Referentiality and Intertextuality in Herta Müllers Work
204
14 Famously Literary? The Nobel Prize and Herta Müllers Authorial Body
224
Bibliography
242
Index
263
Copyright

The Interaction between Visual and Verbal in Herta Müllers Prose and Collages
135

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Brigid Haines is Reader in German at Swansea University. Her research focuses on gender and culture, and the 'eastern turn' in contemporary German literature. She is the author (with Margaret Littler) of Contemporary German Women's Writing: Changing the Subject, and of Dialogue and Narrative Design in the Works of Adalbert Stifter, and has edited books on Herta Müller and (with Lyn Marven) Libuse Monikova.

Lyn Marven is Lecturer in German at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses particularly on contemporary literature, and she is the author of Body and Narrative in Contemporary Literatures in German: Herta Muller, Libuse Monikova and Kerstin Hensel; she has also edited volumes on Libuse Monikova (with Brigid Haines), Cultural Impact (with Rebecca Braun) and Emerging Novelists (with Stuart Taberner).

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