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Zwischen Dableiben und Verschwinden. Zur Kontinuität im Werk von Peter Schneider

Authors Petra Platen
ISBN ISBN 3-89129-174-4
Publisher Iudicium Verlag GmbH: München
Publication year 2006
Published at Department of German and Dutch
Language de
Keywords Peter Schneider, the staying, the leaving, mirroring, the perspective, the doubling, the variation, collective figure
Subject categories German language


This study focuses on continuity in the writing of the German author Peter Schneider. This is accomplished through a series of close readings of Schneider’s prose, where the main emphasis has been placed on the portrayal of character/ and space and their mutual relation to each other. Using the texts Lenz and ...schon bist du ein Verfassungsfeind, chapters 2 and 3 discuss the characters’ voyeuristic attitudes toward reality and their movements in space between a position of staying (‘the staying’) and a position of leaving (‘the leaving’), as well as their vertical movements. In chapter 4, the analysis of Die Wette discusses how the spatial categories ‘the staying’and ‘the leaving’ fail to establish an understanding of reality, and instead lead to a circular structure. Central to the discussion of Schneider’s narrative strategies are the categories ‘variation’ and ‘mirroring’. In chapter 5, the analysis of Der Mauerspringer develops the discussion of the categories ‘variation’ and ‘mirroring’ further, and introduces the category ‘doubling’. Chapters 6 to 8, finally, investigate to what extent the protagonists succeed in finding a spatial position between ‘the staying’and ‘the leaving’. In these chapters as well, the discussion is concentrated on the categories ‘variation’, ‘mirroring’ and ‘doubling’.

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