Marlen Haushofer’s dystopian novel 'Die Wand' has reached a wide and varied audience since its publication in 1963 and has become both a cult book and a modern classic. Despite having written an international bestseller, Haushofer remains a relatively undiscovered figure and presence within her generation of Austrian writers, comparable to Ilse Aichinger and Gerhard Fritsch, and in marked contrast to Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard.
This conference, originally timed to mark the 100th anniversary of Haushofer’s birth and the 50th of her death, seeks to situate her work within the historical contexts of the post-war period and the Cold War, as well as within the cultural contexts of Austrian literature in particular and dystopian fiction in general.
Author: Institute of Modern Languages Research
Speaker(s): Benjamin Schaper (Oxford): ‘Loneliness, Nature, and Technology: Questions of Embodiment in Haushofer’s “Die Wand”, Seethaler’s “Ein ganzes Leben”, and von Steinaecker’s “Die Verteidigung des Paradieses”’; Caitríona Ní Dhuíll (Cork): ‘Fuelling Lockdown: Metabolic Readings of Eco-Dystopia from Haushofer to Margaret Atwood’
Organisations: Institute of Modern Languages Research
Event date: Wednesday, 19 May 2021 - 10:00am