"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

[img]
Preview
PDF (s11.pdf)
s11.pdf

Download (148kB)

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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Modern Language Review
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/pd
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 34212
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2010 08:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 23:49
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34212

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item