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Wirklichkeitskonstruktion durch Metaphern bei Ingeborg Bachmann
The construction of reality through metaphor in Ingeborg Bachmann's work

Author(s): Andrea Mikulášová, Roman Mikuláš
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Poetry, Studies of Literature, Austrian Literature
Published by: Ústav svetovej literatúry, Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Metaphor; Constructivism; Illness; Fear; Paralysis; Death; “Todesarten”; Ingeborg Bachmann;

Summary/Abstract: In the self-description (in letters or in dream notes, and in the novel Malina and two novel fragments from the project “Todesarten”) it is observed how those elements of reality that literally embody or specifically indicate a problem are metaphorically conceptualized – inthis case, the traumatic experience from relationships (Bachmann explicitly speaks of insults)and Bachmann’s resulting psychic injury. Accordingly, the development of metaphors in the self-descriptions or self-portrayals of the author and her female protagonists is also examined.The development of the metaphors in the projection and introspection of letters and dream notes and in the selected texts of the project “Todesarten” indicates a system of states of one’sown that have an effect on the cognitive system, or to which the author is repeatedly thrown back (according to Georg Groddeck). In this sense, a self-therapeutic effect cannot be denied.Subsequently, a metaphorical structure should be recognizable, which lays in the shape of a network over the texts to be examined.

  • Issue Year: 10/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 47-67
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: German