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Herta Muller / Edition 1

Herta Muller / Edition 1

by Brigid HainesBrigid Haines


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780708314845
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 12/28/1998
Series: CYMRU-Contemporary German Writers Series
Pages: 157
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

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 HerztierRicarda 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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