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Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras

Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras

by Michaela M. Grobbel

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This far-reaching study of women's literature sheds new light onto the ways we think about memory, modernism, postmodernism, feminism. In Enacting Past and Present, author Michaela M. Grobbel discusses novels by Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras. According to the author, these works show us that fascinating shifts in 'memory texts' have been taking place in the twentieth century, indicating the need for different approaches to understanding memory. Through a discussion of Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, and the work of contemporary scholars in feminism and cultural studies, Grobbel focuses on these texts as types of performance that lead to interesting forms of 're-presenting' memory. These theaters of memory foreground the present but also critically demonstrate the complex relationship of the present to the past. Grobbel offers her readers new ways to think about autobiography, performance, and the process of memory, enriching currrent scholarship on feminism and literary modernism.

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ISBN-13: 9780739134887
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 02/16/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michaela M. Grobbel teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Sonoma State University in Northern California. She teaches German, world literature and theater, and interdisciplinary courses in the humanities. Grobbel studied at the University of Bonn in Germany, and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California in Los Angeles. Her research and academic publications focus on twentieth-century women's writing and feminist theory, cultural criticism, and ethnic minority literature, especially German-speaking Romany autobiography.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Setting the Scene: The Art of Memory as Writing and Performance Chapter 2 In Memory of the Lost Body: Performance of Resistance in Djuna Barnes Nightwood Chapter 3 The Memory Theater of Ingeborg Bachmann's "Malina" Chapter 4 Strolling Through the Memory Palace of Oblivion: "Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein" by Marguerite Duras Chapter 5 Memory Performances in Literature and the Arts

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