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Although Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973) is widely regarded as one of the most important twentieth-century authors writing in German, her novels and stories have sometimes been viewed narrowly as portraits of women as victims. In this innovative study, Sara Lennox provides a much broader perspective on Bachmann’s work, at the same time undertaking an experiment in feminist methodology.Lennox examines Bachmann’s poetry and prose in historical context, arguing that the varied feminist interpretations of her writings are the result of shifts in theoretical emphases over a period of more than three decades. Lennox then places her own essays on Bachmann in similar perspective, showing how each piece reflects the historical moment in which it was written. Making use of recent interdisciplinary approaches—Foucauldian theories of sexuality, post-colonial theory, materialist feminism—she explores the extent to which each of her earlier readings was shaped by the methods employed, the questions asked, and the political issues that seemed most germane at the time. Out of this analysis comes a new understanding of the significance of Bachmann’s work and new insight into the theory and practice of feminist criticism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. PART I: Bachmann and History
  2. p. 29
  1. 1. Bachmann in History: An Overview
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. 2. Bachmann's Feminist Reception
  2. pp. 43-82
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  1. PART II: A History of Reading Bachmann
  2. p. 83
  1. 1981
  2. pp. 85-89
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  1. 3. In the Cemetery of the Murdered Daughters: Malina
  2. pp. 91-115
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  1. Reading Bachmann in 1981
  2. pp. 116-118
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  1. 1983
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. 4. Christa Wolf and Ingeborg Bachmann: Difficulties of Writing the Truth
  2. pp. 123-144
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  1. Reading Bachmann in 1983
  2. pp. 145-149
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  1. 1984
  2. pp. 151-155
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  1. 5. Gender, Race, and History in The Book of Franza
  2. pp. 157-182
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  1. Reading Bachmann in 1984
  2. pp. 183-187
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  1. 1985
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. 6. Bachmann and Wittgenstein
  2. pp. 195-210
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  1. Reading Bachmann in 1985
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. 1987
  2. pp. 215-221
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  1. 7. Bachmann Reading/Reading Bachmann: The Woman in White in the "Ways of Death"
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. Reading Bachmann in 1987
  2. pp. 233-238
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  1. PART III: Reading Bachmann Historically
  2. p. 239
  1. 8. Bachmann and Theories of Gender/Sexuality: Representing Femininity in "The Good God of Manhattan"
  2. pp. 241-268
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  1. 9. Bachmann and Postcolonial Theory: White Ladies and Dark Continents
  2. pp. 269-296
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  1. 10. Bachmann and Materialist Feminism: Gender and the Cold War
  2. pp. 297-339
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 341-373
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  1. Index [Includes About the Author and Back Cover]
  2. pp. 375-387
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613761212
Related ISBN
9781558495517
MARC Record
OCLC
647543410
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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