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"Der Platz, auf den man gestellt ist"-Ingeborg Bachmann's Das Honditschkreuz and the Deconstruction of Heimat

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Article

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Authors

Zivkovic, Yvonne 

Abstract

This article examines Ingeborg Bachmann’s subversion of the Austrian Heimatroman in her youth novella Das Honditschkreuz (1944), with a particular focus on the concept of the border and the trope of border-crossing. It challenges previous interpretations of Bachmann’s early poetry and prose, which observe an uncritical emulation of problematic literary role models such as the Carinthian “Heimatdichter” and NSDAP member Josef Friedrich Perkonig. In contrast, it argues that even though Bachmann adopts some elements of the reactionary Heimatroman both in style and plot (such as the use of dialect or the historical topos of the Napoleonic wars), the novella carefully deconstructs the notion of Heimat as a stable place that must be recuperated and protected.

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Keywords

4303 Historical Studies, 43 History, Heritage and Archaeology

Journal Title

GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW

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Journal ISSN

0149-7952
2164-8646

Volume Title

43

Publisher

Project MUSE

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