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Writing in red. The East German writers union and the role of literary intellectuals

Author: Thomas W Goldstein
Publisher: Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer Ltd. 2017.
Series: German history in context.
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In the German Democratic Republic words and ideas mattered, both for legitimizing and criticizing the regime. No wonder, then, that the ruling SED party created a Writers Union to mold what writers publicly wrote and said. Its chief task was ideological: creating a socialist and antifascist culture. But it was also supposed to advance its members' professional interests and enable them to act as public intellectuals  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Goldstein, Thomas W.
Writing in red. The East German writers union and the role of literary intellectuals.
Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer Ltd. 2017
(OCoLC)990679086
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas W Goldstein
ISBN: 9781787441651 1787441652
OCLC Number: 1015888270
Description: 1 online resource (318 pages)
Contents: IntroductionGerman Writers Associations through 1970Socioeconomic FunctionsThe Era of No Taboos? 1971-75A Disciplining Instrument, 1976-79Defending Peace, Defining Participation, 1979-83Years of Resignation, 1983-85Glasnost in the GDR? 1985-89Coming Full Circle, 1989-90ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex
Series Title: German history in context.
Responsibility: thomas W. Goldstein.

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This book explores how the East German Writers Union became a site for the contestation of writers' roles in GDR society with consequences well beyond the literary community.  Read more...

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