Intertextual Weaving in the Work of Linda Lê: Imagining the by Alexandra Kurmann

By Alexandra Kurmann

Intertextual Weaving within the paintings of Linda Lê: Imagining the right Reader uncovers the first textual dating that Linda Lê (1963– ), the main prolific Francophone writer of the Vietnamese diaspora, fosters with a literary precursor of Austrian descent: the feminist writer-in-exile, Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973). This learn deals an past due exploration of the particularly ecu roots of Lê’s writerly formation. It strains an unexamined feminist import in her paintings to a sixteen-year inter- and intra-textual engagement with Bachmann and positions the latter as an imagined perfect reader of Lê’s oeuvre. Intertextual analyses of Bachmann’s post-war novel, Malina, with Lê’s literary essays, early fiction, and trilogy, show that to beat the demanding situations of writing in exile Lê adopts an alternate literary fore-bear of the ecu culture.

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