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Muelder-Bach, Inka (2018): Rückkehrer, Umkehrer und "angenommene Hausgenossen". Figurationen der Heimkehr bei Musil. In: Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, Vol. 92, No. 2: pp. 269-286
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Abstract

The theme of homecoming plays a key role in the texts which Musil published after the First World War. Several variants of the theme can be distinguished: There is the narrative of homecoming from war in which models of masculinity, gender relations and the question of overcoming the violent habitus of the warrior are at stake. There is the figuration of homecoming as reversal and inversion which combines the epic model with a narrative structure characteristic for the novella. And finally, there is the story of the false homecomer, the imposter, who claims to be the long-gone husband and is recognized as such by his wife;for Musil this story provides a model of reflection for operations of substitution and transference. The first part of the essay identifies these variants and discusses their implications with reference to The Man Without Qualities. On this basis, the second part analyses the novellas Grigia and Die Portugiesin in the light of their figurations of homecoming and the function attached to these figurations.