Das Vater-Tochter-Verhaeltnis in "Malina" (1970) und in "Lange Abwesenheit" (1980). [German text] (Ingeborg Bachmann, Brigitte Schwaiger, Father-daughter, Austria)
Master of Arts
Ingeborg Bachmann in Malina and Brigitte Schwaiger in Lange Abwesenheit describe the absence of a good father-daughter-relationship. In the second half of the twentieth century authors became interested in what their fathers left behind both privately and politically. Malina and Lange Abwesenheit are a glance backward by the daughters at their lives with their fathers. The daughters search for positive aspects of those relationships and strive to understand both the strengths and the weaknesses of their fathers in order to achieve self-identification. Bachmann and Schwaiger avoid the closed novel form, writing non-chronologically by breaking up their works with dreams, diaries, letters and conversation.