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"Mich in Variationen erzählen" : Günter Grass and the ethics of autobiogaphy.

Braun, Rebecca (2008) "Mich in Variationen erzählen" : Günter Grass and the ethics of autobiogaphy. Modern Language Review, 103 (4). pp. 1051-1066. ISSN 0026-7937

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    Abstract

    This article examines Grass's 2006 autobiography Beim Häuten der Zwiebel against the background of a long career of overtly complex literary self-presentation. Its aim is twofold: to situate the autobiography as an aesthetic form within Grass's œuvre, and to use what I term Grass's much wider `autobiographical project', developed over the course of his career, to suggest that a kind of narrative ethics may in fact underlie much apparently wilful posturing in autobiographically informed literature. Using Philippe Lejeune to develop the idea of a `contractual effect' felt by author and reader, I argue that Grass draws on the autobiographical mode in order to critique contemporary reading practices.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Modern Language Review
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Grass ; autobiography Beim Häuten der Zwiebel ; literary self-presentation ; narrative ethics ; Philippe Lejeune
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
    ID Code: 34212
    Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
    Deposited On: 16 Sep 2010 09:32
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:34
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34212

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