Günter Grass: Beyond the Raw and the Cooked

So now he’s gone. The German author who — along with Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht — drew me into what became a part of my life’s work, died today at the age of 87.

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I published articles about the dialectical use of myth in the second novel in Grass’ Danzig Trilogy, Hundejahre / Dog Years, and about Levi Strauss’s The Raw and the Cooked in the novel Der Butt / The Flounder. Wrestling with the complex and massive novels I learned a lot about language, about dialectical thinking, and about myself.

Copies of the articles are posted here:

https://www.academia.edu/7144518/Günter_Grasss_Hundejahre_A_Realistic_Novel_about_Myth

http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/20/

Thoughts about the poem criticizing Israel for its nuclear armament and its hypocritical stance in regard to Iran’s nuclear ambitions are HERE.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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