Wie lebendig ist die Popliteratur um die Jahrtausendwende? Judith Hermanns "Nichts als Gespenster" in Gegenüberstellung zu Christian Krachts "Faserland".
In the first part of this thesis Popliteratur as literary phenomenon is introduced. In addition to a definition and its history from the 1960?s till nowadays, the focus is on Popliteratur of the 1990?s and its authors who do not just write but stage themselves in the media and in public. Furthermore from this, the existence of Popliteratur in the 21st century is discussed and categories of how it appears in new literary forms, e. g. ?Generation Golf? and ?Zweite Generation Pop?. This is followed by a consideration of how Popliteratur is assessed in literary studies and literary criticism.
In the second part of this thesis, Christian Kracht and Judith Hermann are introduced, followed by a comparison of Faserland and Nichts als Gespenster from the point of view of Jung?s criteria for Popliteratur, namely its topics, its language, narrative technique, construction of identity and its target group of readers. After the textual analysis, the question whether Judith Hermann?s work can be assigned to Popliteratur or whether she transforms this genre will be answered.
My conclusions are that Hermann advances Popliteratur in the 21st century by focusing on melancholia and self-reflexion more than on the provocation that was more typical of earlier Popliteratur.
School:University of Waterloo
School Location:Canada - Ontario
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:german studies popliteratur literaturgeschichtsschreibung generation pop golf
Date of Publication:01/01/2005