German Writers & The Politics Of Culture

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Before the fall of the Berlin Wall many East German writers were praised in the Western world as dissident voices of truth, bravely struggling with the draconian constraints of living under the GDR's communist regime. However, since unification, Germany has been rocked by scandals showing the level to which the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, controlled these same writers. This is the first study in English to systematically explore how the writers have responded to the ...

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Overview

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall many East German writers were praised in the Western world as dissident voices of truth, bravely struggling with the draconian constraints of living under the GDR's communist regime. However, since unification, Germany has been rocked by scandals showing the level to which the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, controlled these same writers. This is the first study in English to systematically explore how the writers have responded to the challenge of dealing with the Stasi from the 1950s to the present day.

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Paul Cooke is a Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Leeds.

Andrew Plowman teaches German Language, Literature and Film Studies in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Liverpool.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Notes on the Contributors
• List of Abbreviations
• Introduction—P.Cooke & A.Plowman
Part I
• The East German Ministry of State Security and East German Society During the Honecker Era, 1971-1989—M.Dennis
• Uwe Johnson's Awkward Legacy: A Sympathetic Secret Policeman of the pre-Stasi Era—D.Tate
• The Stasi as the Force of Evil: Collin's Faustian Struggle with the Stasi Boss Urack in Stefan Heym's Collin—R.K.Zachau
• 'Die Tragikomödie Deutschland': Scenes from No Man's Land in Martin Walser's Dorle und Wolf—M.Butler
• Tallhover or the Eternal Spy: Hans Joachim Schädlich's Stasi-Novel Tallhover; K-H.Schoeps
Part II * 'Ich, Seherin, gehörte zum Palast': Christa Wolf's Literary Treatment of the Stasi in the Context of her Poetics of Self-Analysis—G.Paul
• 'Könnte man sagen, du seist ein Spiönchen?': Erich Loest's Fallhöhe—S.J.Evans
• Telling Tales: Moral Responsibility and the Stasi in Uwe Saeger's Die Nacht danach und der Morgen—O.Evans
• The Stasi as Panopticon: Wolfgang Hilbig's Ich—P.Cooke
• The Stasi, the Confession and Performing Difference: Brigitte Burmeister's Unter dem Namen Norma—A.Lewis
• 'Bekenntnissedes Stasi-Hochstaplers Klaus Uhltzscht': Thomas Brussig's Comical and Controversial Helden wie wir—K.Foell & J.Twark
• The Stasi as Literary Conceit: Günter Grass's Ein weites Feld—J.Preece
• Jürgen Fuchs: Documenting Life, Death and the Stasi—C.A.Costabile-Heming
• Escaping the Autobiographical Trap? Monika Maron, the Stasi and Pawels Briefe—A.Plowman
• Bibliography
• Index

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