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German Women Writers and the Spatial Turn: New Perspectives by Beth A. Muellner, Carola Daffner

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Alexandra Merley Hill

Homesick: Longing for Domestic Spaces in the Works of Julia Franck

While Judith Hermann has been called the “poster child” for the Fräuleinwunder [literally: girl wonder] generation of young German women authors (in Monika Shafi’s Housebound), Julia Franck is an equally prominent voice in the group. In her specific focus on frequently negative maternal figures in her fiction, about which Alexandra Merley Hill has already written a monograph, Franck adds an intriguing dimension to the literary landscape of postmodern German fiction. Hill’s essay begins with an overview of common domestic tropes found in various German women’s texts since the late 1990s. Here, she detects a pronounced longing and search for a place to call ...

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