'Wenn Ihr Nicht Werdet Wie Die Kinder': The Significance of the Child in the World-View of Ilse Aichinger (Europaische Hochschulschriften Reihe I, Deutsche Sprache Und Literatur)

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Children play a vital role in the work of Ilse Aichinger. Through an analysis of Die groessere Hoffnung and other texts, this monograph sets out to explore their significance within Aichinger's world-view, and the implications of this for her writing. The key to these questions lies in Aichinger's interpretation of Matthew 18:3: 'Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.' For Aichinger, this is 'vielleicht das haerteste Gebot der Bibel' ('Kleist, Moos, Fasane'), because she equates becoming 'as little children' with 'die Ergebung in das [...], woran wir nichts koennen' ('Kleist, Moos, Fasane'). The helpless child is a metaphor for humanity, and the 'Spiel' (game, play) of the child is a celebration of life in the face of death.

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The Author: Catherine Purdie, born in 1972 in New Zealand, studied French and German in Auckland from 1990-1992 before going on to obtain an M.A. (Hons) in German (1993-1994). Her M.A. thesis on the 'Spiel' of the child in selected early works of Ilse Aichinger provided much of the raw material for this monograph. From 1995-1996 she studied German literature in Münster on a one-year DAAD scholarship, returning to Auckland in 1996 to take up a doctoral scholarship. She is currently completing a doctoral thesis on Alfred Andersch.

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