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By Lyn Marven

This ebook examines the connection among representations of the physique and narrative options within the paintings of 3 modern girls writers from the previous jap Bloc nations: Herta M?ller, an ethnic German from Romania; Libu%se Mon?kov?, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia to West Germany and selected to write down in German; and Kerstin Hensel, from the GDR. Marven exhibits how the content material and type of their works are interlinked, and the way those problem the hegemonic discourses inside repressive socialist regimes. The advent contextualizes the writers' socially, culturally, and traditionally, and descriptions the theoretical foundation of the strategy, drawing on psychoanalysis, performativity idea, and feminist serious thought. Chapters at the person authors provide new interpretations of the writers' works, targeting the constructions of trauma (in M?ller's work), hysteria (in Mon?kov?'s) and the ugly (in Hensel's). the pictures of the physique analyzed within the first 1/2 each one bankruptcy express the consequences of violence; problem the certainty of the physique as average or real; and lift questions on identification and gender. The research within the moment half every one bankruptcy covers a variety of formal positive factors, from the wonderful and university, via parody and intertextuality, to irony, plot, and tale telling. The e-book additionally lines advancements within the paintings of all 3 authors, taking account of the old alterations within the jap Bloc nations given that 1989. physique and Narrative in modern Literatures in German might be worthy for somebody gaining knowledge of modern German literatures, in addition to these attracted to feminist conception, minority literatures, and trauma.

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The uncontrollable appetites of Magd Konstanze or Ingrid Tabea and the inadequacy of the men in ‘Herr Johannes’ or Siegfried Kulisch in Im Schlauch are all subject to irony. However, the women in ‘Herr Johannes’ suffer more than the men, and the ‘battle of the sexes’ reveals that, ultimately, the battlefield is woman’s body: women are both fought and conquered. Representations of women as ‘Wildnis’ or allegorical ‘Schlachtfeld’ are two strategies of patriarchal discourse which Sigrid Weigel analyses in Topographien der Geschlechter.

Abortion laws (treated by M¨uller in both literary texts in Barf¨ußiger Februar and journalistic essays in Hunger und Seide) and forced medical intervention (the response to Gabriele’s rape in Hensel’s Tanz am Kanal) also testify to the extent to which bodies, and specifically women’s bodies, were physically controlled by the state and implicated in upholding its self-image or even its continued existence. The body also participated symbolically in state discourse, as in many other communist regimes, through forms of sport (discussed by all three authors), where the individual body became a sign of the nation.

M¨uller’s texts also portray the sexual exploitation of women, in enforced prostitution (for passports, in Fasan, in the workplace, in Fuchs) and in the sexualized forms of coercion employed by the Securitate (Herztier ). State control over the body and its meaning, even in the private sphere and even its interior spaces, was absolute. The third area in which the Romanian state instrumentalized bodies was in the international arena of sport, which links the Eastern Bloc communist countries. Referring to West German sports personalities, in the essay ‘Und noch erschrickt unser Herz’, M¨uller writes, ¨ Es bleibt ein großer Freiraum f¨ur sie offen: denn das Land druckt sie in keinen Sieg, und kein Verlieren a¨ ngstigt sie vor dem Staat.

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