Katja Lange-Müller

The Problem as Catalyst. Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics

Das Problem als Katalysator

The Problem as Catalyst. Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics

The award-winning author on literary writing and reading literature

Those who want to write must also be able to read: Katja Lange-Müller reports on her own writing process and on the secrets of her great “colleagues” – from Herman Melville, Johann Peter Hebel, Mark Twain and Heinrich von Kleist to Adolf Endler and Wolfgang Hilbig.

As a writer whose books combine literary brilliance with stunning humor, Katja Lange-Müller is a godsend for German contemporary literature. She once again pulls off this artistic feat in the Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics (2016), in which she spoke about literary writing, reading literature, her own literary biography and above all the short story as literary genre – one that she regards very highly. In the process, Katja Lange-Müller takes us on a journey through world literature all the way to the present. She illuminates the “bouillon-cube principle” (that is, the extreme condensation that distinguishes the greatest stories in world literature), the origin of comedy as the weapon of the weak against the strong and the perennially topical question of “when are we dealing with literature” (and when are we not).



ISBN: 978-3-462-05090-5
release: 08. March 2018
192 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Katja Lange-Müller, born in East Berlin in 1951, is a freelance writer living in Berlin. In 1986, she received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. Among others she also won the Alfred-Döblin-Preis and the Wilhelm-Raabe-Preis. In 2012/2013, she was a fellow at the Villa Massimo and received the Kleist Prize, and, in 2013/2014, she was a fellow at the Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul. In 2016, Katja Lange-Müller gave the Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics. Further titles are Verfrühte Tierliebe („Premature Love of Animals“, 1995), Die Letzten („The Last Ones“, 2000), Die Enten, die Frauen und die Wahrheit („The Ducks, the Women and the Truth“, 2003), Böse Schafe („Angry Sheep“) and Drehtür („Revolving Doors“).

Rights to her works have been sold to Argentina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Korea, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Further titles by the author:
Drehtür (Revolving Door)
Böse Schafe (Angry Sheep)
Kasper Mauser (Kasper Mauser)
Verfrühte Tierliebe (Premature Love of Animals)
Die Enten, die Frauen und die Wahrheit (The Ducks, the Women and the Truth)
Die Letzten (The Last Ones)