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Kerstin Hensel

Kerstin Hensel is one of the most productive and successful young writers in Germany today. From the late 1970s onwards she has published in a wide variety of genres, although she remains best known for her novels, short stories and poetry. Her most important work to date is the story Tanz am Kanal (1994), which has received much acclaim and has been widely discussed. Hensel has won a wide range of literary prizes and scholarships.

In accordance with the aims of this series, this book is intended both as an introduction for the general reader and as a resource for the specialist. Through a series of academic articles the volume analyses all aspects of Hensel’s writing, including poetry, plays and prose. It brings together the most up-to-date research on her work, from Britain, the United States, and Germany. The volume also includes a previously unpublished story by Hensel, and an interview with the author held during her period as writer-in-residence at University of Wales Swansea in September 2000. It concludes with a comprehensive bibliography.

175 pages | 8 3/5 x 5 2/5 | © 2002

CYMRU-Contemporary German Writers

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1  Das Licht von Zauche -- Kerstin Hensel
2  Worms Head -- Kerstin Hensel
3  Outline Biography -- Beth Linklater and Birgit Dahlke
4  "Mir reicht mein Leben nicht aus, um all die Geschichten zu erzählen, die ich in mir habe:" Gespräch mit Kerstin Hensel -- Beth Linklater und Birgit Dahlke
5  Die frühe Lyrik Kerstin Hensels -- Gerhard Rothbauer
6  ’Wie ein Festmahl nach langer Hungerszeit:’ Don Juan and Desire in ’Herr Johannes’ -- Lyn Marven
7  Fishy Tales: Kerstin Hensel, Ulriche und Kühleborn -- Mererid Puw Davies
8  Weibliche Männer, männliche Weiber: Gender in Transit -- Birgit Dahlke
9  Im Blick die "eigene Poetik" -- Eva Kaufmann
10  ’Not Fate - Just History:’ Stories and Histories in Tanz am Kanal and Gipshut -- Reinhild Steingröver
11  Dancing the (Un)State(d): Narrative Ambiguity in Kerstin Hensel’s Tanz am Kanal -- Jennifer Ruth Hosek
12  Das Komische begreifen, ohne es fassen zu können: Gegenwelten in Gipshut -- Antje Baumann
13  Zwischen Groteske und Menschentheater: Zur Dramatik -- Johannes Birgfeld
14  Laudatio Kerstin Hensel -- Inge Stephan
15  Bibliography -- Beth Linklater and Lyn Marven

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