Problems of Language in East German Society and Culture
Edited by Graham Jackman and Ian F. Roe
A study of his prose-writing
Dennis Tate argues that, from the middle 1950s onwards, Fühmann's prose writing is both stylistically innovative and committed to the authentic representation of his experience, thereby challenging the conventional wisdom that little writing of international significance could be produced in the ideological context of the GDR until Honecker introduced his `no taboos' cultural policy in 1971. Fühmann's widely praised later texts (ranging from the autobiographical Zweiundzwanzig Tage oder Die Hälfte des Lebens and Vor Feuerschlünden to mythical and satirical short stories such as `Marsyas' and `Drei nackte Männer') can now be seen as the culmination of an impressive creative development rather than as the result of a late conversion to literary truthfulness.
The volume will be of interest to students and teachers of post-1945 German literature as well as to general readers aware of the vitality of Central European culture throughout the period of East-West ideological division.
German Autobiographical Writings and Fascism
This book foregrounds the positive political potential of re-reading well-known texts and seeking out reasons why others have been marginalized. It examines autobiography as a form of writing at the very centre of contemporary debates on the ‘self’, ‘truth’ and ‘history’. Women without a Past? offers new insights into the politics of memory and autobiography, and will be of particular interest to researchers and students engaging with women’s writing and memories of Nazism.
The Paradigmatic Function of Medieval German Studies for German Studies
Edited by Albrecht Classen
German-Language Broadcasting by the BBC
Edited by Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove
Despite the BBC's enormous cultural standing and influence, however, this volume is the first to evaluate the Corporation's German-language broadcasting since the BBC German Service was closed down in 1999. The essays fall into three broad categories: German-language broadcasting during the Second World War, broadcasting to Germany and Austria during the Cold War, and finally a series of personal accounts from former employees of the Service. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of broadcasting (including media studies) as well as those involved in German Studies and in German and Austrian Exile Studies.
Anna Seghers was the only female participant in the so-called Expressionism debate. She was among the artists and writers who voiced their concerns openly. She defends Modernism in two open letters to Georg Lukács, who originally provided theoretical justification of the Doctrine of Socialist Realism. Although a loyal communist Seghers was not to be deterred from using Modernist techniques in Transit and Das Siebte Kreuz, her most important exile novels. Especially in Transit she depicts the plight of the refugees by using montage, fragmentation and stream of consciousness technique.