Fakt und Fiktion : die Autobiographie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Theorie und Rezeption

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Fakt und Fiktion : die Autobiographie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Theorie und Rezeption

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Fakt und Fiktion : die Autobiographie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Theorie und Rezeption
Author: Spits, Jerker
Publisher: Pallas, Institute for Art Historical and Literary, Faculty of Arts
Issue Date: 2008-06-05
Keywords: Autobiography
Abstract: Many literary dictionaries still define an autobiography as a deliberate, structured retrospective of the writer’s own life, characterized by a perspective that suggests a certain unity or harmony. Many of these characteristics, however, are now taken for granted less and less. Today, the autobiographer rarely delivers a text that is organized coherently and presents life as a whole. This thesis argues that expectations of, and ideas on, the genre have a substantial effect on the reception of autobiography in the German-speaking area. Earlier concepts of the genre appear to determine readers’ expectations to a large extent. This often results in strange forms of reception, with readers rejecting current variants. The selected works are the autobiography of the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, Kindheitsmuster by Christa Wolf, Generation Golf by Florian Illies, Zonenkinder by Jana Hensel and Meine freie deutsche Jugend by Claudia Rusch. The discussion about the past plays a major role in the reception of these works. For many readers, it is not style or point of view that are decisive, but the manner in which the Austrian or German past is described.
Description: Promotor: Anthonya Visser
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Spits, J., 2008, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12931

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