The latest issue of German Quarterly is on contemporary writing by women. It features several WiGgies, and includes the special forum “Feminism in German Studies” with contributions on pop feminism, intersectionality, queer studies, Jews and gender, Islam and more! Check it out here.
A Forcible Return to the Womb: Elfriede Jelinek’s Lust (1989) and the Melodramatic Mode
Claire E. Scott
Conceiving of a Realfictional Body: Material Feminisms and Jenny Erpenbeck’s Geschichte vom alten Kind (1999)
The Violent Turn: West German Women as Victims of Neoliberalism
Alexandra M. Hill
Writing Rape, Troping History: Story, Plot, and Ethical Reading in Julia Franck’s Die Mittagsfrau (2007)
An Unlikely Heroine—Fat and Unemployed: Doris Dörrie’s Film Die Friseuse (2010)
The Past does not end here: Memory and “Collective Enunciation” in Antje Rávic Strubel’s Sturz der Tage in die Nacht (2011)
Forum: Feminism in German Studies
Monika Shafi Faye Stewart Tiffany Florvil Kerry Wallach Beverly Weber Hester Baer Carrie Smith Maria Stehle
The volume Christa Wolf: A Companion, edited by Sonja Klocke and Jennifer Hosek, includes work by a number of WiGgies!
Interest in Christa Wolf continues to grow. Her classics are being reprinted and new titles are appearing posthumously, becoming bestsellers, and being translated. Energetic scholarly debates engage well-known aesthetic and political issues that the public intellectual herself fore-fronted. This broad-ranging introduction to the author, her work and times builds upon and moves beyond such foundational interpretative frameworks by articulating the global relevance of Wolf’s oeuvre today, also for non-German readers. Thus, it brings East German culture alive to students, teachers, scholars and the general public by connecting the socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the lived experiences of its citizens to nations and cultures around the world. The collection focuses on topical matters including the search for authenticity, agency, race, cosmopolitanism, gender, environmentalism, geopolitics, war, and memory debates, as well as movie adaptations and Wolf’s film work with DEFA, marketing, and international reception. Our contributions – by senior and emerging scholars from across the globe – emphasize Wolf’s position as an author of world literature and an important critical voice in the 21st century.
Introduction: Reading Christa Wolf in the Twenty-First Century
Klocke, Sonja E. / Hosek, Jennifer R.
Modernity and the City in Christa Wolf’s Oeuvre of the 1960s
Narrative Topographies in Christa Wolf’s Oeuvre
The Gendered Reception of Christa Wolf
Kuhn, Anna K.
Unearthing a Post-Humanist Ecological Socialism in Christa Wolf’s ‘Selbstversuch’, Kassandra and Störfall
Nature, Power and Literature: Rereading Christa Wolf’s Störfall. Nachrichten eines Tages as ‘Ecological Force’ in Times of Climate Crisis
Mering, Sabine von
Literature and Visual Art in Christa Wolf’s Sommerstück (1989) and Was bleibt (1990)
Learning from the Underground: Christa Wolf and the Fourth Generation of GDR Writers
From Pan-German Cosmopolitanism to Nostalgic National Insularity: A Comparative Study of Christa Wolf’s Kassandra and Medea
Christa Wolf’s Trouble with Race
Weber, Beverly M.
Towards a Late Style? Christa Wolf on Old Age, Death and Creativity in Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud
The Protocol of Barriers to Thinking? Wolf’s Moskauer Tagebücher. Wer wir sind und wer wir waren (2014)
Translating Subjective Authenticity from Christa T. to Stadt der Engel and August: Re-presenting Christa Wolf’s Subaltern Voice
From Political-Realistic Reading to Multiperspectival Understanding: The Reception of Christa Wolf’s Der geteilte Himmel in China
Chen, Yutian / Zhang, Fan
Reading Christa Wolf in Socialist Vietnam
Trinh, Huynh Mai
Christa Wolf: A Select Bibliography
Klocke, Sonja E.