Caroline Frank

Female Topographies: Depiction and Semanticization of Fictional Space in Monika Maron’s Silent Close No. 6

Caroline Frank offers a structuralist reading of Maron’s classic text Stille Zeile Sechs [Silent Close No. 6] (1991). The title refers to the address of a mansion in an affluent quarter of East Berlin inhabited by socialist party officials, one of the spaces in which the action of the novel takes place, and a space that Frank labels “politicized.” Another primary space is a pub, which Frank describes as both heterotopic and politicized, a space of “both … and …,” given the power and gender dynamics at play there. Frank’s reading of Maron’s novel uses the spatial theories of Jurij Lotman, Michel Foucault, and Katrin Dennerlein, ...

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