Rereading East Germany: The Literature and Film of the GDR

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Karen Leeder
Cambridge University Press, Jan 14, 2016 - Literary Criticism
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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.
 

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Contents

an overview
8
the emergence of GDR culture
35
DEFAs antifascist myths and the construction of national
52
drama in the GDR between
70
Autobiographical writing in the GDR era
88
Gender in GDR literature
106
satirical novels
126
Underground literature? The unofficial culture of the
160
GDR literature and the Stasi
180
missed opportunities
197
Remembering the GDR in
214
Guide to further reading
238
Index
249
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Karen Leeder is Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in German, New College, Oxford.

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