ISBN-10:
9042009373
ISBN-13:
9789042009370
Pub. Date:
01/01/2004
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Rifts in Time and in the Self: The Female Subject in Two Generations of East German Women Writers

Rifts in Time and in the Self: The Female Subject in Two Generations of East German Women Writers

by Cheryl Dueck

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Overview

The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 marked the end of East Germany’s socialist regime and a new beginning for a unified German Federal Republic. Cultural historians agree that the event caused one of the deepest rifts in time and thinking seen by an entire generation of Germans—a rift that left its mark on the psyche of every citizen, challenging notions of the personal and the political, and crashing traditional understandings of the individual and the collective self.
In this bold rethinking of the question, Cheryl Dueck goes beyond the social, political, and psychological discourses that Marx and Freud, Foucault and Lacan viewed as the initiators of modern (socialist) identities to explore the literature and discourse of the quest for unity of the female subject. Reading such authors as Christa Wolf, Brigitte Reimann, Helga Königsdorf, and Helga Schubert, Dueck traces the striking fissures which run through time and through the female self, haunting women within the socialist project.
The book shows how two generations of women writers have struggled consciously and systematically in their letters, aesthetic writings, and literary production to create a new language to express their own sense of self within a restrictive socialist and patriarchal system. Rifts in Time and in the Self offers an unprecedented look at the reconceptualizations of the female subject during several phases of GDR history, and women writers’ persistent attempt to carve out spaces of identity and community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042009370
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Series: Amsterdamer Publikationen zur Sprache und Literatur Series
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Dueck is Associate Professor of German at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Rifts in Time and in the Self
1 FROM HEALTHY TO HYSTERICAL
The Transition of the Female Subject in the 1960s
2 UTOPIA?
Re-evaluating the Socialist Self in the Early 1970s
3 THE WOMAN IN QUESTION
The Short Stories of Helga Königsdorfer and Helga Schubert in the 1970s and 1980s
4 A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Women’s Narration of the Subject in the GDR’s Declining Years
5 THE WENDE AS RIFT
The Literary Subject after Unification
6 HEALING THE WOUND?
Subjectivity at the Millennium
NOTES
WORKS CITED
INDEX

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