Ingeborg Bachmann’s Utopia and Disillusionment

Ingeborg Bachmann’s Utopia and Disillusionment

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Eilittä, Leena
Ingeborg Bachmann’s Utopia and Disillusionment. Introduction
Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae. Humaniora 347
Vaajakoski 2008, 164 pp.


In this study Leena Eilittä analyses Bachmann's work via two key concepts - 'utopia' and 'disillusionment' - which allow her to locate Bachmann's thinking in the post war critical discourse in Germany. Already in her early works Bachmann turns to the idea of utopianism as a possibility to cope with the problems of past heritage and with those of contemporary society. It is this utopian perscpective that allows her to address the position of a woman in critical terms and to make reflections about a more equal society in the major body of her writings.

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ISBN 978-951-41-1009-2
ISSN 1239-6982