"Gilgi", "Après minuit", "Ferdinand" : trois romans clés de l'oeuvre d'Irmgard Keun

Abstract : The first part of the thesis is a detailed biography and a presentation of the german novelist, Irmgard Keun. Her life is closely bound to the historical evolution of germany between 1910 and 1980. Her is mainly interesting under this point of view. The headlines of her life are : the childhood in berlin, the youth in cologne and the first steps on stage, the first success as a writer in berlin, the exile until 1940, the underground life in nazi-germany until 1945, the immediate years after the war, the renewal in the 1970's '80s. The choice of the three novels has been made in regard of both the connection with the life of I. Keun and the evolution of germany. Each novel is placed back into its economical, social, political and cultural surrounding. The main part of the study is dedicated to the analysis of the narrative structure as well as to the style, the grammatical aspects and the specific topics of I. Keun's fiction - world. Each novel is related and compared to the two other ones. With the analysis of each book, the world of the author gains in accuracy. The great particularity of her writing remains that she mostly described young girls in her struggle for life. Her heroes are lost in an unfriendly world which they describe with a great deal of humor, in a confident, chattering manner. They are searching for their own identity and the apprpriate way to express themselves. All novels end with an interrogation over the meaning of life. Gradually, I. Keun's interrogation over the mere purpose of writing itself grows stronger and stronger. Her last book is a gathering of pictures without real connections between each others. After 1950, she stopped writing
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Sylvie Schnettler-Delacroix. "Gilgi", "Après minuit", "Ferdinand" : trois romans clés de l'oeuvre d'Irmgard Keun. Littératures. Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 1986. Français. ⟨NNT : 1986METZ004L⟩. ⟨tel-01775676⟩

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