These essays by British, German, and Austrian scholars explore the salient features of a literature reviving after a period of de-stabilization which was at once political and aesthetic. German unity coincided with generational changes among writers, reappraisals of the role of literature in an era of 'post-modern' challenges, and reassessments of the historical roles of Austria and Switzerland. While writers from the former GDR are shown to be pre-occupied with that past and women writers with women's status in patriarchal societies, the essays reveal a sophisticated literature of the 1990s which harnesses the aesthetic forces of post-modernism in powerful statements of moral and human commitment. Many of the essays address works which have t previously been the subject of scholarly analysis. The writers discussed include: Ernst Augustin, Jurek Becker, Hermann Burger, Brigitte Burmeister, Friedrich Christian Delius, Lilian Faschinger, Guenter Grass, Peter Handke, Christoph Hein, Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Rolf Hochhuth, Bernd-Dieter Huege, Alexander Kluge, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Reiner Kunze, Monika Maron, Heiner Mueller, Sten Nadolny, Christoph Ransmayr, Gerhard Roth, W.G. Sebald, Verena Stefan, Gabriele Stoetzer, Peter Wawerzinek, Ulrich Woelk.
The Editors: Arthur Williams (b. 1940) is Professor of Contemporary German Studies at the University of Bradford. Stuart Parkes (b. 1943) is Reader in German Studies at the University of Sunderland. Julian Preece (b. 1962) is Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Together, they are editors of the previous volume in this series: Contemporary Writers, their Aesthetics and their Language (1996). Williams and Parkes are editors of The Individual, Identity and Innovation: Signals from contemporary Literature and the new Germany (1994), and (with Roland Smith) of German Literature at a Time of Change, 1989-1990: German Unity and German Identity in literary Perspective (1991) and Literature on the Threshold: The German Novel in the 1980s (1990).
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