Christa Wolf: Kassandra [Cassandra] (2422 words)

Ingo Roland Stoehr
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Christa Wolf’s short novel Kassandra (1983) is perhaps the most important text of German literary feminism published during the 1980s. The English translation by Jan van Heurck, Cassandra (1984), appeared together with Wolf’s poetics lectures at the University of Frankfurt on her short novel, Voraussetzungen einer Erzählung: Kassandra [Conditions of a Narrative: Cassandra, 1983]. The combination of literary work and theoretical reflection, poetic earnestness and public success, points to the range of interpretations the novel has prompted. The monologue of the Trojan princess and priestess Kassandra in the moments before her death in Mycenae invites the readers to reconsider t…

Stoehr, Ingo Roland. "Kassandra". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2007
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