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Title: “The double bind” of 1989: reinterpreting space, place, and identity in postcommunist women’s literature
Author(s): Wienhold-Brokish, Jessica L.
Director of Research: Kaganovsky, Lilya
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Kaganovsky, Lilya
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Blake, Nancy; Murav, Harriet; Pinkert, Anke
Department / Program: Comparative & World Literature
Discipline: Comparative Literature
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): post-communist women's literature place and space
Abstract: This dissertation is a comparative, cross-cultural exploration of identity construction after 1989 as it pertains to narrative setting and the creation of literary place in postcommunist women’s literature. Through spatial analysis the negotiation between the unresolvable bind of a stable national and personal identity and of a flexible transnational identity are discussed. Russian, German, and Croatian writers, specifically Olga Mukhina, Nina Sadur, Monika Maron, Barbara Honigmann, Angela Krauß, Vedrana Rudan, Dubravka Ugrešić, and Slavenka Drakulić, provide the material for an examination of the proliferation of female writers and the potential for recuperative literary techniques after 1989. The project is organized thematically with chapters dedicated to apartments, cities, and foreign lands, focusing on strategies of identity reconstruction after the fall of socialism.
Issue Date: 2010-05-19
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16118
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Jessica L. Wienhold-Brokish
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-05-19
Date Deposited: May 2010
 

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