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Günter Grass's 'Paspresenture' and the Musicalization of Im Krebsgang
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German.
2009 (English)In: WMA online / [ed] Mosley, David L., 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The influence of music on the fiction of Günter Grass is a question yet undiscussed, but this new perspective enhances a new understanding of Grass’ fictional structures that often have puzzled the critics. As I see it, Grass own interest in non-chronological writing, his own polyphonic concept of Vergegenkunft, a “4th tense” combining past, present and future tense, has inspired an increasing experimenting with musical motifs and especially structures. In this paper I want to present the novella Crabwalk (2002) as musicalized fiction. The German title Im Krebsgang alluding to the German term of a retrograde variation in the fugue, the structure of the fugue connects the plot of flight at the End of WW II to a perseverative motif of guilt in Grass’ fiction. In Crabwalk it moves between committers and victims through space and time, uniting voices from the past, present and future in a polyphonic requiem.

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Grass, Im Krebsgang, Musicalization, Intermediality, Literature, German, Grass, Im Krebsgang, Musikalisierung, Intermedialität, Germanistik, Literaturwissenschaft
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General Literature Studies Musicology Specific Languages
Research subject
Aesthetics; German
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32577OAI: diva2:281000
6th conference of the Association of Word and Music studies (WMA). Edinburgh, 15.8.-18.8.2007
Available from: 2009-12-14 Created: 2009-12-14 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved

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