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Understanding Ingeborg Bachmann

Author: Karen Achberger
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1995.
Series: Understanding modern European and Latin American literature.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Understanding Ingeborg Bachmann introduces American readers to the Austrian writer regarded as one of postwar Europe's most innovative modernists. Offering the first complete bibliography of Bachmann's works in English translation including a listing of all eighty-eight published poems, Karen Achberger surveys Bachmann's highly acclaimed poems, radio plays, opera librettos, short stories, and novels - an entire
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Named Person: Ingeborg Bachmann; Ingeborg Bachmann; Ingeborg Bachmann
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Achberger
ISBN: 0872499944 9780872499942
OCLC Number: 30593224
Description: xix, 207 p. : 1 ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chronology --
Biography and reception --
The poems: Die gestundete Zeit, Anrufung des grossen Bären, A bibliography of individual poems in English translation --
The radio plays: Ein Geschäft mit Träumen, Die Zikaden, The good god of Manhattan --
The librettos and critical writings: Der Prinz von Homburg, Der junge Lord, Frankfurter Vorlesungen --
The thirtieth year: A step towards Gomorrah, Undine goes --
Malina and the "death styles" cycle: Malina, Der Fall Franza --
Three paths to the lake: Word for word, Problems, problems, Eyes to wonder, The barking, Three paths to the lake.
Series Title: Understanding modern European and Latin American literature.
Responsibility: Karen R. Achberger.
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Understanding Ingeborg Bachmann introduces American readers to the Austrian writer regarded as one of postwar Europe's most innovative modernists. Offering the first complete bibliography of Bachmann's works in English translation including a listing of all eighty-eight published poems, Karen Achberger surveys Bachmann's highly acclaimed poems, radio plays, opera librettos, short stories, and novels - an entire oeuvre dedicated to the struggle against fascism - in light of the writer's early life in war-ravaged Austria. Achberger describes the great irony of Bachmann's life and work in that, while she was received as a great writer during her lifetime, the political thrust of her work remained largely unrecognized until after her death in 1973.

Emphasizing the tragedy of the Germany's obsession with Bachmann's personal life rather than with her critique of postwar society, Achberger explores Bachmann's central themes of constant war and of woman's absence in patriarchal society. Comparing Bachmann's influence to that of Virginia Woolf in America, Achberger describes Bachmann's concern with gender-specific issues, which intensified as her career progressed. Achberger contends that beneath these themes lay Bachmann's tireless search for a new language and her utopian belief in writing on the brink of destruction.

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