Necia Chronister

Judith Hermann’s “Summerhouse, Later”: Gender Ambiguity and Smooth versus Striated Spaces

Necia Chronister’s essay uses Judith Hermann’s short story from 1998 to question Berlin as a heterogeneous and one-dimensional consumerist space. The inclusion of the work of Hermann in this volume is essential, in particular because so much of her short story oeuvre focuses on the “brave new world of globalization […] Her protagonists – mainly unattached, urban women – have been seen as quintessential global characters, moving in and out of relationships and locales, engaged in a relentless search for meaning, human connection, and stability that leaves them for the most part lonely and alienated” (Housebound 113). Chronister reads the ...

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