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Biblische Intertextualität in deutschen Romanen seit 1990. Verwendung, Funktion und Bedeutung

Title in English Biblical Intertextuality in German Novels since 1990. Use, Function and Importance


Year of publication 2017
Type Monograph
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This monograph diels with the biblical intertextuality in german novels. The main characters of the books from the corpus of the monograph intertextually refer to the biblical characters, though they are found in new contexts of their own fictional worlds. The aim of the monograph is to answer to a question in what way and why the contemporary German authors make use of biblical references in their novels. The author of the monograph works on the assumption that the biblical intertextuality in contemporary German novels itself does not automatically lead the reader to reflect on religious issues, yet together with further levels of the novel it serves its own literary goals. At the same time, the author of the monograph asks a question as to whether and how the biblical pattern is estranged in the novels. These questions are also answered in the relation to older German novels written since the mid-twentieth century which also make use of intertextuality for characterization of their main characters. The monograph describes not only the oldest way of processing the biblical pattern, the so called historicist paraphrase, but also it depicts the newer approaches such as fictional transfiguration and eventually, too, the latest application of the biblical intertextuality in novels containing transfigurative elements. In case of the newer novels written after 1990 the monograph distinguishes between two strategies: the fulfillment and vice versa the disappointment of the reader's expectations concerning the narration which is similar to some of the biblical narration.

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