Martens

Lorna
Professor of German and Comparative Literature
434-924-6704
lm2e@virginia.edu
Interests: 
Comparative literature 18th-20th centuries, modern German and Austrian literature, women's studies, GDR literature, poetry, narrative and narrative theory, cognitive approaches to literature

New Cabell Hall, Room 239

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Research Interests/Description: 

Women’s Childhood Autobiography. (Book manuscript in progress: on women's childhood autobiographies worldwide.)

Degrees: 
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1976
M.Phil. in Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1973
B.A. in German Literature, Reed College, 1969
Articles: 

“Mood, Voice, and the Question of the Narrator in Third-Person Fiction,” Narrative 25:2 (May 2017), 182-202.  

 

"Framing an Accusation in Dialogue: Kafka’s Letter to His Father and Sarraute’s Childhood.” European Journal of Life Writing[Online], 5 (2016): MC61-MC76. Web. 28 Nov. 2016  http://dx.doi.org/10.5463/ejlw.5.207

 “‘The Words at My Back’:  Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and the Power of Discourse,” in Critical Insights:  The Woman Warrior, ed. Linda Trinh Moser and Kathryn West (Amenia, NY:  Grey House Publishing, 2016), pp. 109-124.

“The Truth Criteria of Autobiography: Doris Lessing and Telling the Truth,” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 29.2, 319-340 (2014).

"Gender, Psychoanalysis, and Childhood Autobiography: Christa Wolf's Kindheitsmuster," in From Kafka to Sebald: Modern Civilization and Narrative Form, ed. Sabine Wilke (New York: Continuum, 2012) 145-165.

"Nostalgia and Childhood Autobiography," in The Proceedings of Eleventh Cultural Studies Symposium "Memory and Nostalgia" (Izmir: Ege University Publishing House, 2009): 193-208.

"Constructing Interiority in Eighteenth-Century Narrative Fiction:  Wieland's Geschichte des Agathon," in  German Quarterly 81.1 (2008): 49-65.

"Ich-Verdoppelung und Allmachtsphantasien in Texten des frühen Hofmannsthal:  'Erlebnis', Das Bergwerk zu Falun, 'Reitergeschichte,'" in Sprachkunst 33 (2002): 215-238.

"The Institutionalization of Conflict as an Interpretative Strategy in Freud's Interpretation of Dreams," in Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest, ed. Janet Lungstrum and Elizabeth Sauer (Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1997), pp. 129-151.

"Naked Bodies in Schnitzler's Late Prose," in "Die Seele ist ein  weites Land":  Kritische Beiträge zum Werk Arthur  Schnitzlers, ed. Joseph P. Strelka (Bern:  Lang, 1997), pp. 107-129.

“'Der Schwung der Figur': Rilke's Debt to Valéry," Comparative Literature 47 (1995): 215-234.

"Kunst und Gewalt: Bemerkungen zu Hofmannsthals Ästhetik," Austriaca, 37 (1993): 155-165.

"A Dream Narrative: Schnitzler's 'Der Sekundant,'" Modern Austrian Literature, 23, Nr. 1 (1990), 1-17.

"Art, Freedom, and Deception in Kafka's 'Ein Bericht für eine Akademie,'" Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, 61 (1987), 720-732.

"Musil and Freud:  The Foreign Body in 'Die Versuchung der stillen Veronika,'" Euphorion, 81 (1987), 100-118.

"The Theme of the Repressed Memory in Hofmannsthal's Elektra," The German Quarterly, 60 (1987), 38-51.

"Geschlecht und Geheimnis:  Expressive Sprache bei Stefan Zweig," in Stefan Zweig heute,  ed. Mark H. Gelber (New York: Peter Lang, 1987), pp. 44-65.

"Autobiographical Narrative and the Use of Metaphor:  Rilke's Techniques in Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge," Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 9 (1985), 229-249.

"Saying 'I'", Stanford Literature Review, 2 (1985), 27-46.

"Mirrors and Mirroring: 'Fort/da' Devices in Texts by Rilke, Hofmannsthal, and Kafka," Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, 58 (1984), 139-155.

"Secrets, Speech, and Silence: Stefan Zweig's Concept of Expressive Language," Hebrew University Studies in Literature, 10 (1982), 181-207.

“Irreversible Processes, Proliferating Middles, and Invisible Barriers: Spatial Metaphors in Freud, Schnitzler, Musil, and Kafka," in Focus on Vienna 1900, ed. Erika Nielsen, Houston German Studies 4 (München: Fink, 1982), 46-57.

"Empty Center and Open End: The Theme of Language in Michel Butor's L'Emploi du temps," PMLA, 96 (1981), 49-63.

 
Book Reviews: 

Review Articles

The Wall in My Backyard:  East German Women in Transition, edited by Dinah Dodds and Pam Allen-Thompson  (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994) and Helen H. Frink, Women After Communism:  The East German Experience (Lanham, Maryland:  University Press of America, 2001), Signs 29 (2004), 939-942.

"The Hellenistic Age of Narratology" (reviewing Ann Fehn, Ingeborg Hoesterey, and Maria Tatar, eds., Neverending Stories: Toward a Critical Narratology)Semiotica 109-1/2  (1996): 187-93.

Reviews

Barbara L. Surowska, Auf Rilkes Wegen.  Warshauer Studien zur Kultur-und Literaturwissenschaft, ed. Karol Sauerland.  (Frankfurt a.M.:  Lang, 2012).  Forthcoming in Arbitrium.

Leeder, Karen and Robert Vilain, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Rilke. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.  German Quarterly 84.4 (2011) 513-515.

Silke von der Emde.  Entering History:  Feminist Dialogues in Irmtraud Morgner's Prose.  Bern:  Peter Lang, 2004.  German Quarterly 79.1 (2006), 123-4.

Cheryl Dueck.  Rifts in Time and in the Self:  The Female Subject in Two Generations of East German Women Writers.  Amsterdamer Publikationen zur Sprache und Literatur, vol. Cola Minis and Arend Quak, eds.  (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004), in Seminar 42:1 (2006), 90-92.

Henk De Berg, Freud's Theory and Its Use in Literary and Cultural Studies:  An Introduction (Rochester, NY:  Camden House, 2003), inGerman Quarterly, 77 (2004), 115-116.

Timothy J. Casey, A Reader's Guide to Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus (Galway:  Arlen House, 2001), in Journal of English and Germanic Philology 102:3 (July 2003), 417-419.

Judith Ryan, Rilke, Modernism, and Poetic Tradition (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1999), in Modern Language Quarterly65:1 (2002), 126-130.

Massimo Cacciari, Posthumous People:  Vienna at the Turning Point, trans. Rodger Friedman, in German Quarterly, 73 (2000), 215-216.

Karl Eibl, Kritisch-rationale Literaturwissenschaft, in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 10 (1983), 392-98.

Expressionism Reconsidered, ed. Gertrud Pickar & Karl Eugene Webb, in German Quarterly, 54 (1981), 237-8.

Karl Ludwig Pfeiffer, Sprachtheorie, Wissenschaftstheorie und das Problem der Textinterpretation: Untersuchungen am Beispiel des New Criticism und Paul Valérys, in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 6 (1979), 405-10.

Frederick Will, The Fact of Literature, in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 5 (1978), 133-37.

Teaching Interests: 

Comparative literature 18th-20th centuries, modern German and Austrian literature, women's studies, GDR literature, poetry, narrative and narrative theory, cognitive approaches to literature
 

Representative Courses: 

Graduate: 

  • Cognitive Approaches to Literature
  • Narrative Theory
  • Autobiography and Autobiography Theory
  • Turn-of-the-Century Literature
  • Freud and Others
  • German Expressionism and its European Contexts
  • Lyric Poetry 
  • Women Writers: Women on Women

Undergraduate:

  • Modern Poetry:  Rilke, Valéry, Stevens
  • Literary Theory
  • Freud and Literature
  • Kafka and His Doubles
  • Women, Childhood, Autobiography
  • Narratives of Childhood
Awards, Grants and Honors: 

Page Barbour grant for “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Memory” conference (2016)

University of Virginia Summer Grant 2013

Arts and Sciences Support for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, April-May 2013

Faculty Research Grant, University of Virginia 2007

Sesquicentennial Associateship 1993-94, 1999-2000, 2005-06, 2012-2013

Fulbright Senior Fellowship to Berlin 1994-95

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1987-88

Summer Institute for the Study of Avant-Gardes, Harvard, 1987

Yale University Senior Faculty Fellowship, 1984-85

Morse Fellowship, 1981-82

DAAD Fellowship for dissertation research in Germany 1974-75

Yale University Fellowship 1970-73

Fulbright Grant to Germany 1969-70

Woodrow Wilson Fellow 1969-70

Phi Beta Kappa 1969

Classification: 
Faculty
Books: 

The Promise of Memory: Childhood Recollection and its Objects in Literary Modernism (Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2011).

(On adult memories of childhood; Proust, Rilke, Benjamin.)

The Promised Land? Feminist Writing in the German Democratic Republic (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001), 273 pp.
(A Women's Studies title.)

Shadow Lines: Austrian Literature from Freud to Kafka (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996), 291pp.
(Literary analysis of major writers of the 1890-1924 period.)

The Diary Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), 307pp.
(First history of the diary novel, concentrating on French, German, and English works; some Russian and Scandinavian; genre theory; interpretations of major works by writers such as Defoe, Gide, Rilke, Frisch, Butor, and Doris Lessing.)