Herta Muller

Overview


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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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"In their concise introduction, Haines and Marven provide an excellent overview of Miller's biographical background and key themes. In totality, the volume, which includes an extensive bibliography and index, offers a first-rate, highly informative, and extensively contextualized account of Miller's oeuvre." -M. Shafi, University of Delaware, CHOICE

The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies
“. . . continues the stimulating series of monographs on contemporary German writers . . . this volume will promote further interest in a challenging, yet fascinating, writer.” –The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies
MLR
“ . . . a welcome addition to the Contemporary German Writers series . . . an excellent volume that fulfils its aim and that of the series by providing both an overview and high-quality material for the specialist.” –MLR
Journal of English and Germanic Philology
“. . . Brigid Haines’s collection of essays is the first book in English devoted to Muller’s work and is certainly to be welcomed by American and British scholars . . . In short, this collection of essays is the best study to date devoted to Muller’s oeuvre and is a valuable contribution not only to German studies, but also to the wider fields of culture studies, ethnic studies, and feminist studies.” –Journal of English and Germanic Philology
Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen
“. . . it is the first study of the writer in English and provides a well rounded and stimulating introduction for the new reader to this challenging author, as well as being a useful resource for those carrying out specialised research.” –Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen
Forum for Modern Language Studies
“An ethnic German born in the Romanian Banat, Herta Müller, who left Romania for West Berlin in 1987, is among the leading voices in contemporary German literature. This volume is both an excel- lent introduction to her work and a resource for the specialist reader. It contains ten previously unpublished poems by Müller and an interview in which the author reflects on some of her central themes, followed by six essays which give a broad-ranging insight into her work. Müller is obviously not concerned with fashionable themes or theoretical positions. More important to her are the development of a concept of morality as a tool of resistance, and of a narrative strategy which enables her to expose and subvert political repression. Her use of metaphor and metonymy, her insistent focus on detail, her use of memory and myth are dealt with as functions of her political and narrative strategies (Haines, von Hoff, Midgley, Schmidt, White). What enriches the reading of Müller's texts in this volume are references to contemporaries from other cultures, including Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, and, most explicitly, Libuse Monikovii (Littler). Müller thus emerges as both a "local" and a thoroughly international voice.” –Forum for Modern Language Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199654642
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brigid Haines is Lecturer in German at the University of Wales Swansea.
 
Owen Evans is Lecturer in German at the University of Wales, Bangor.
 
Dagmar von Hoff is Wissenschaftliche Assistentin at the University of Hamburg and Director of the Arbeitsstelle für feministische Literaturwissenschaft.
 
Margaret Littler is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Manchester.
 
David Midgley is University Lecturer in German and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.
 
Ricarda Schmidt is Senior Research Fellow in German at the University of Manchester.
 
John J. White is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at King's College London.

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Table of Contents

1. Im Haarknoten wohnt eine Dame. Zehn Texte Herta Müller
 
2. Herta Müller: Outline Biography Brigid Haines
 
3. Gespräch mit Herta Müller Brigid Haines und Margaret Littler
 
4. Remembered Things: The Representation of memory and Separation in Der Mensch ist ein großer Fasan auf der Welt David Midgley
 
5. Beyond Alienation: The City in the Novels of Herta Müller and Libuše Moníková Margaret Littler
 
6. Metapher, Metonymie und Moral. Herta Müllers Herztier Ricarda Schmidt
 
7. 'Die Einzelheiten und das Ganze': Herta Müller and Totalitarianism John J. White
 
8. Platz für die Moral? Herta Müller, ihre Texte und das poetische Moment Dagmar von Hoff
 
9. 'Leben wir im Detail': Herta Müller's Micro-Politics of Resistance Brigid Haines
 
10. Bibliography 1990-1998 Owen Evans

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