Women's Writing and Historiography in the GDR

Women's Writing and Historiography in the GDR

by Helen Bridge
     
 

This is not only the first study to offer a detailed comparison of historical and literary discourses in the GDR, but also the first to illuminate relations between three topics popular in East German women's writing: the National Socialist past; the lives of historical women; and the use of mythical themes and forms to voice critiques of history.

Overview

This is not only the first study to offer a detailed comparison of historical and literary discourses in the GDR, but also the first to illuminate relations between three topics popular in East German women's writing: the National Socialist past; the lives of historical women; and the use of mythical themes and forms to voice critiques of history.

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"In this excellent study, Helen Bridge argues that narrative fiction by women expanded the boundaries of historical debate in the GDR.... Bridge not only offers perceptive insights into the differing roles played by historiography and literature in the GDR, but also presents a wealth of evidence to support her clear and persuasive argument that women's texts challenged and subverted official thinking and opened up new spaces for debate."—German Studies Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199255924
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs Series
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Helen Bridge received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1999. She is currently a lecturer in German at the University of Exeter.

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