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Title: The Dislocated Subject : A Critical Study of theProse Narratives of Monika Maron,1981-2002
Author: Purcell, Brigid
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 6077
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2007
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Monika Maron's prose fiction has attracted considerable critical interest not only in Germany but also in academic circles in Europe and the UK and in the USA. The overwhelming majority ofthe secondary literature is in German and considers Maron's oeuvre predominantly in the categories ofGDR-and feminist writing. My thesis acknowledges these readings but proposes that a more comprehensive view of this author's work may be achieved by adding a humanistic reading ofthe central Maronian figure as a representative ofthe 20th century postwar generation, a reading which is broadly based on a Lacanian psychoanalytical framework and is presented in English. The sense ofpersonal dislocation and alienation expressed repeatedly in Maron's fiction is examined in five thematic areas: the notion ofa central lack in the Maronian figure's life; a quest for selfhood in a postmodern context; explorations of the surreal; love and death; and memory and memoir. The focus ofmy analysis is a composite 'Maronian Protagonist' such as has been proposed to some extent by Antje Dollmann and Elke Gilson, among others; this protagonist develops in age and varies in preoccupations from the debut novel Flugasche (1981) through to the last one included in this study, Endmoriinen (2002), but she remains essentially the same person, one based closely on Maron's own personality and biography. My thesis shows that the existential malaise exhibited by this character is influenced by, but essentially independent of, external factors and that this widespread phenomenon exemplifies the unassuageable desire described by Lacan, desire whose existence is defined by a deeply rooted sense of loss and lack.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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