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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.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kaganovsky, Lilya
Department / Program:Comparative Literature
Discipline:Comparative Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Germanic
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 Ugresic, and Slavenka Drakulic, 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
Description:244 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3430909
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2010

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