“You Cannot Escape Your Moles”: The Becoming-Animal of Günter Eich’s Late Literary Texts

Belinda Kleinhans
  • January 2018, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-64416-5_4

Animals, Language & Zoopoetics in Günter Eich's Late Writing

What is it about?

The unique symbiotic relationship that animals form with Günter Eich’s literary texts can deepen our understanding of Eich’s poetology and the general crisis of language in post-World War II German literature, shedding some light on the zoopoetic possibilities of animals in/as texts, their capacity to unsettle hegemonic power discourses, and their potential to expand language beyond the limitations of anthropocentric logic.

Why is it important?

Understanding Eich’s zoopoetics helps us to understand and reveal the role of language as cocomplicit in abusive power systems, as well as how animality in/as text enables a kind of writing that transcends power discourses and offers us a “line of flight”.

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