Lensing Writes Cover Story in Times Literary Supplement

Leo Lensing, professor and chair of German Studies, professor of film studies, wrote the cover article in this week’s issue of the Times Literary Supplement. The article, titled, “Pillar of Fire,” is about a new biography of the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann. The Times Literary Supplement describes the story as “How to assess the ‘stations’ of Ingeborg Bachmann’s self-destructive life from childhood constant reader to modernist ‘Fräuleinwonder’… Lensing counsels caution when dealing with Bachmann’s own accounts of her experiences, including those of her childhood which ‘ended when Hitler troops marched into her hometown’ of Klagenfurt. Sometimes the ‘primal scene’ can ‘look more like a scenario.'”

The article, available to subscribers, can be found here.