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The writers' state : constructing East German literature 1945-1959

Author: Stephen Brockmann
Publisher: Rochester, New York : Camden House, 2015.
Series: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Twenty-five years after the demise of the German Democratic Republic, there is perhaps more scholarship being produced on that country than ever. This is true also in literary studies, but especially in English-language literary scholarship there has been a strong imbalance toward a focus on the last three decades of GDR literature. The literature of the earlier GDR has mostly been dismissed or ignored, as the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Brockmann
ISBN: 9781571139535 1571139532
OCLC Number: 920542583
Description: xi, 368 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: reconstructing East German literature --
Part One: The absence of state (1945): In the zone, 1945 --
Part Two: Constructing the state (1949): Brecht and the battle of the spirits, 1949 --
German culture's will to power, 1949-50 --
Fascinating fascists, 1949-50 --
Part Three: Contesting the state (1953): Typical heroes, 1951-53 --
The danger of optimism, 1953 --
Part Four: The state cracks down (1956) --
The worst of times, 1956-58 --
Literature for adults, 1956-59.
Series Title: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture.
Responsibility: Stephen Brockmann.

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Examines the literature produced from the very beginnings of what became the GDR through the 1950s, redressing a tendency of literary scholarship to focus on the later GDR.  Read more...

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