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Rereading East Germany - The Literature and Film of the Gdr

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This volume is the first to address the culture of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as a historical entity, but also to trace the afterlife of East Germany in the decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall. An international team of outstanding scholars offers essential and thought-provoking essays, combining a chronological and genre-based overview from the beginning of the GDR in 1949 to the unification in 1990 and beyond, with in-depth analysis of individual works. A final chapter traces the resonance of the GDR in the years since its demise and analyses the fascination it engenders. The volume provides a 'rereading' of East Germany and its legacy as a cultural phenomenon free from the prejudices that prevailed while it existed, offering English translations throughout, a guide to further reading and a chronology.

List of contents

Chronology; Introduction Karen Leeder; 1. The GDR: an overview Wolfgang Emmerich; 2. Resurrected from the ruins: the emergence of GDR culture Stephen Brockmann; 3. DEFA's antifascist myths and the construction of national identity in East German cinema Seán Allan; 4. From 'Faust Part 3' to 'Germania 3': drama in the GDR Holder Teschke; 5. Autobiographical writing in the GDR era Dennis Tate; 6. Gender in GDR literature Georgina Paul; 7. Negotiating the politics and aesthetics of satire: satirical novels in the GDR and beyond Jill E. Twark; 8. The politics of dialogue: poetry in the GDR Gerrit-Jan Berendse; 9. Underground literature? The unofficial culture of the GDR and its development after the Wende Birgit Dahlke; 10. Tinker, tailor, writer, spy: literature and the Stasi Alison Lewis; 11. Intellectuals and the Wende: missed opportunities and dashed hopes Carol Anne Costabile-Heming; 12. After-images - afterlives: remembering the GDR in the Berlin Republic Karen Leeder; Guide to further reading.


The first volume in English about the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as a cultural phenomenon, with essays by leading scholars providing a chronological and genre-based overview along with close readings of individual works. It addresses the history and context of GDR culture, including the two decades since its decline.

Product details

Authors Karen Leeder, Karen (University of Oxford) Leeder
Assisted by Karen Leeder (Editor), Karen (University of Oxford) Leeder (Editor)
Publisher Cambridge University Press ELT
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 30.11.2015
EAN 9781107006362
ISBN 978-1-107-00636-2
No. of pages 274
Subject Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > German linguistics / literary studies

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