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Constructing Authorship in the Work of Günter Grass$
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Rebecca Braun

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542703.001.0001

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Public Constructions of Authorship in Grass's Political Writings, 1965–2005

Public Constructions of Authorship in Grass's Political Writings, 1965–2005

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(p.38) 2 Public Constructions of Authorship in Grass's Political Writings, 1965–2005
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Constructing Authorship in the Work of Günter Grass
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Rebecca Braun (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542703.003.0003

The guiding premise of this chapter is that, over the course of his career, Grass has had to negotiate various public constructions of his identity, and the way in which he has done so reveals much about his understanding of the social, political, and historical contexts of authorship. A selection of Grass's political speeches and writings from 1965 to 2005 are analysed and his non-fictional output is divided into four broad phases: 1961–5, 1966–76, 1977–89, and 1990–2005. By looking very specifically at how Grass has developed his public image within his political writings from the early 1960s to the present, the chapter suggests that Grass has subtly managed to open up the dominant simplified media image of Grass as a straightforward self-elected ‘Gewissen der Nation', or ‘national conscience’, to the literary play of self-presentation. This allows a much more subtle understanding of Grass's public image to emerge.

Keywords:   politics, political speeches, authorship, public sphere, public image, Gewissen der Nation, national conscience, non-fiction

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