Portrayals of Women in Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall and The Loft Cover Image

Portrety kobiet w powieściach Marlen Haushofer Ściana i Mansarda
Portrayals of Women in Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall and The Loft

Author(s): Joanna Graca
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Comparative Study of Literature, Austrian Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: woman; family; loneliness; thoughts; pictures; identity;

Summary/Abstract: In Poland quite obscure, Marlen Haushofer (1920–1970) was an Austrian writer whose artistic work fell on the 1950s and 1960s. In her lifetime neither the novels nor the shorter prose works she was an author of won much recognition. Only the 1980s and the intense feminist actions made literary critics have a new look at Haushofer’s works. Since that time she has been regarded as a representative of women’s writing. Her main characters are women going through their everyday problems, living in solitude, having their anxious moments, suffering the consequences of wrong life choices and the effects of traditional and rigorous upbringing. What is not to be blotted out of their memories is wartime experiences. Even though they do not talk about it, those memories come flooding back as isolated pictures.

  • Issue Year: 14/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 19-28
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish