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Literature as Intervention

Challenging Normativity in the Writing of Elisabeth Reichert, Charlotte Roche and Elfriede Jelinek

Distributed for University of London Press

Literature as Intervention

Challenging Normativity in the Writing of Elisabeth Reichert, Charlotte Roche and Elfriede Jelinek

This study examines how the literary works of Elisabeth Reichart, Charlotte Roche, and Elfriede Jelinek challenge normativity both in their engagement with gender and sexuality and with aesthetic choices. The comparative analysis of texts published over a twenty year-period provides insights into the socio-political and cultural dynamics at the time of publication, and reveals the continuing relevance of feminist authorial voices to the present day, challenging the stable, normative understanding of feminism and feminist writing itself, and showing how literature can function as a form of intervention that provides a reflective space for readers to question norms in their own lives and to take the initiative to change these norms.


250 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Literature and Literary Criticism: Germanic Languages


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender, Sexuality and Literature
1. Fighting for Agency in Elisabeth Reichart’s Fotze
2. Subverting Gender and Hygiene Norms in Charlotte Roche’s Feuchtgebiete
3. Performance and Deterrence in Elfriede Jelinek’s SCHATTEN (Eurydike sagt)
Conclusion: Challenging Normativity in Literature and Beyond
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