Aspects of Uwe Johnson's Das dritte Buch uber Achim
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
Aspects of Uwe Johnson's Das dritte Buchllber Achim, a thesis presented by Sonja Alack for the degree of Master of Arts at the University of Canterbury, intends to examine and assess the success of techniques used by Johnson. The work is shown within its literary and historical context, bringing out the influences upon it and its relationship to contemporary norms, and it is analysed in this light. The elements contributing to its unity are investigated, with special reference to Johnson's handling of time and space. In this way an approach is made to the process of the creation of the novel's atmosphere which is seen in relation to the dilemmas of modern literature, centring on the search for ultimate truths and absolute communication. The alienation resulting from these dilemmas is fundamental to this work and is treated from different standpoints, presenting the reader with a multiperspective novel employing various techniques developed by the theorists of Cubism. Following a study of Johnson's use of language, the work is presented in conclusion as a literary exercise of considerable merit, firmly within the modern prose tradition.