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Flirting with surrealism: Elke Erb's act of writing

Berendse, Gerrit-Jan 2019. Flirting with surrealism: Elke Erb's act of writing. Kniesche, Thomas W. and Lutzeler, Paul Michael, eds. Gegenwartsliteratur. Ein germanistisches Jahrbuch/A German Studies Yearbook 18, Stauffenburg Verlag, pp. 169-182.

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The constant in Elke Erb’s short prose and poetry is the surrealist principle of dislocation. In particular in the late-1980s, this unsettled the reader’s certainty about the work’s location, oscillating between different realities. This is most evident in the poem ‘Das Unternehmen Schreiben’ in her volume Winkelzüge of 1987. Following in the footsteps of Friedrich de la Motte-Fouqué, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Ingeborg Bachmann, Frederike Mayröcker and of some French Surrealist writers, Erb rejoices in a surrealistic mode of writing. She extended her decision to initiate an experimental poetics, for example the so-called procedural writing in the second half of the 1980s in the volume Kastanienallee (her coup-de-grace), that inevitably continued in influencing a young generation of poets in the GDR.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Stauffenburg Verlag
ISBN: 9783958096455
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022 16:15

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