The Ethics of Narration
Uwe Johnson's Novels from Ingrid Babendererde to Jahrestage

Colin Riordan

Bithell Series of Dissertations 14

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 28

Modern Humanities Research Association for the Institute of Germanic Studies

1 January 1989  •  218pp

ISBN: 978-0-947623-25-8 (paperback)  •  RRP £25, $40

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Uwe Johnson's novel Jahrestage. Aus dem Leben von Gesine Gresspahl, finally completed in 1983, shows every evidence of the peculiar, scrupulous, obsessive morality which was apparent in the author's public and private life. Yet no previous study of Johnson's work has appreciated how far this sense of morality determined the development of a narrative technique which ranged from the traditional, and therefore straightforward, form to be found in the originally unpublished Ingrid Babendererde (1956), through the complicated maze of Mutamaßungen über Jakob (1959), the paradoxes of Das dritte Buch über Achim (1961), renewed lucidity in Zwei Ansichten (1965), to the immense, perhaps partly unsuspected, dynamic complexity of Jahrestage. Riordan seeks to explain why such sophisticated techniques became necessary for Johnson, and why the work took fifteen years, rather than the planned three, coming perilously close to remaining a fragment.

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Riordan, Colin, The Ethics of Narration: Uwe Johnson's Novels from Ingrid Babendererde to Jahrestage, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 14 (Cambridge: MHRA, 1989)

First footnote reference: 35 Colin Riordan, The Ethics of Narration: Uwe Johnson's Novels from Ingrid Babendererde to Jahrestage, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 14 (Cambridge: MHRA, 1989), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Riordan, p. 47.

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Riordan, Colin. 1989. The Ethics of Narration: Uwe Johnson's Novels from Ingrid Babendererde to Jahrestage, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 14 (Cambridge: MHRA)

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