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Challenging perspectives: narrative approaches in Ulrike Almut Sandig's Flamingos. Geschichten

Bartel, Heike

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Professor of German Studies and Health Humanities


In Flamingos, Ulrike Almut Sandig’s collection of eleven stories, narrative perspective comes under constant challenge so that these superficially simple texts reveal on closer inspection a multi-layered complexity. The following close readings of a selection of stories will outline how intimately Sandig’s narrative approach links form and content. The stories focus on the solitary or ‘odd’ individual, on gaps or missing pieces in the sequence of events, on the Fluchtpunkte or vanishing points that the seemingly limited narrative perspective in each story leads to. The stories with their detached tone and understated manner are about an unstable, uncentred world. Cumulatively these views from the margins build up a bigger picture, a mosaic composed from otherwise only loosely connected pieces. Whilst Sandig’s texts challenge the reader through their complex handling of the narrative perspective, they also query through their innovative form the authority of particular ways of viewing and ordering the world both ideologically and aesthetically.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 13, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 12, 2018
Publication Date Oct 12, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 13, 2020
Journal Oxford German Studies
Print ISSN 0078-7191
Electronic ISSN 1745-9214
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 3
Pages 351-365
Keywords Narratology; Narrative perspective; Child-narrator; Power hierarchies; Story-telling; Feminist theory; Eating disorder; Translation; Geschichten; Fluchtpunkte
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Oxford German Studies on 12 October 2018,available online:


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