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Two languages—German and Romanian—inform the novels, essays, and collage poetry of Nobel laureate Herta Müller. Describing her writing as “autofictional,” Müller depicts the effects of violence, cruelty, and terror on her characters based on her own experiences in Communist Romania under the repressive Nicolae Ceauşescu regime.

Herta Müller: Politics and Aesthetics explores Müller’s writings from different literary, cultural, and historical perspectives. Part 1 features Müller’s Nobel lecture, five new collage poems, and an interview with Ernest Wichner, a German-Romanian author who has traveled with her and sheds light on her writing. Parts 2 and 3, featuring essays by scholars from across Europe and the United States, address the political and poetical aspects of Müller’s texts. Contributors discuss life under the Romanian Communist dictatorship while also stressing key elements of Müller’s poetics, which promises both self-conscious formal experimentation and political intervention.

One of the first books in English to thoroughly examine Müller’s writing, this volume addresses audiences with an interest in dissident, exile, migration, experimental, and transnational literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part 1. Life, Writing, and Betrayal
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. Herta Müller
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. 2. Nobel Lecture
  2. pp. 20-30
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  1. 3. Collage Poems
  2. pp. 31-35
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  1. 4. Interview with Ernest Wichner
  2. pp. 36-54
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  1. Part 2. Totalitarianism, Autofiction, Memory
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. 5. When Dictatorships Fail to Deprive of Dignity
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. 6. “Die akute Einsamkeit des Menschen”
  2. pp. 87-108
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  1. 7. Facts, Fiction, Autofiction, andSurfiction in Herta Müller’s Work
  2. pp. 109-129
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  1. 8. From Fact to Fiction
  2. pp. 130-152
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  1. Part 3. Müller’s Aesthetics of Experimentation
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. 9. “Wir können höchstens mit dem, waswir sehen, etwas zusammenstellen"
  2. pp. 155-183
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  1. 10. In Transit
  2. pp. 184-206
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  1. 11. Osmoses
  2. pp. 207-229
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  1. 12. Herta Müller’s Art of Reverberation
  2. pp. 230-251
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  1. 13. Accumulating Histories
  2. pp. 252-272
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 273-278
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 273-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-293
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803248427
Related ISBN
9780803245105
MARC Record
OCLC
867740140
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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