“…Die leeren Zeilen vollzuschreiben”
Caskey, Emily Frances
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Barbara Honigmann, an East German born Jewish author and painter living in exile in France, uses memory objects throughout her autobiographical and autofictional texts to aid in the construction of a textured identity. Rather than applying the notion of “living between worlds” as is common in the discourse on hybrid identity texts, I suggest that Honigmann incorporates the many different aspects of her identity into a continuous definition of self, despite the contradictions inherent in the varied aspects of her identity. Honigmann refers to certain memory objects, including photographs, letters, diaries, clothing and jewelry, and works of art and literature, which she reinterprets and weaves together in her journey to establish her own identity.