Time, pain and myth in Ingeborg Bachmann's “Das Buch Franza” and Anne Duden's “Übergang”

Shanmuganathan, Vasuki (2009). Time, pain and myth in Ingeborg Bachmann's “Das Buch Franza” and Anne Duden's “Übergang”. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.


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This thesis examines time, pain and myth in Ingeborg Bachmann's Das Buch Franza (1978) and Anne Duden's Übergang (1982) to elucidate tensions between gender and nationalism. Bachmann (1926-1973) and Duden (1942- ) reflect a keen awareness of feminist theoretical and textual developments to provide an escape from pain through myth. I suggest the texts reveal that the female subject is linked to the silenced witnessing of a National Socialist past and therefore any productive discussions require a return to this historical site. However, Bachmann and Duden approach this claim differently. Chapter One proposes that Das Buch Franza and Übergang engage with modern German history as part of a time construct, which fails to capture the silences. Historic accounts exclude certain voices and therefore contradict what constitutes collective memory. Chapter Two illustrates how traumatic memories resurface violently in the body. As a result, the female protagonists question their transient existences within patriarchy and time. Pain unsettles boundaries and enables movement between past and present. Chapter Three proposes a reconciliation of the transient female subject in mythology. Alternative narrative strategies are established through Christian and Egyptian imageries and utilized to reinterpret violence, vocalize silenced women and offer a theoretical position in myth/"home".

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Department of Modern Languages
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/472


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