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By Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Rachel J. Halverson, Kristie A. Foell

The unification of the 2 German states replaced the geo-political, monetary, social, and cultural borders of Germany and Europe. This quantity in 3 components researches how East German and West German authors and administrators reacted to those radical adjustments. the foundation of this examine are fictional, autobiographical, journalistic, and cinematic texts. The authors and administrators offered during this quantity not just touch upon the alterations which they themselves skilled but in addition voice their altering attitudes to their very own previous in the divided Germany.

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The seminal Western study, Schwester berühmter Männer (ed. Luise Pusch), contains biographical portraits of twelve women (not all German). 18 It is frequently cited that Goethe attempted to create Cornelia as his own "Werck" by proscribing her daily activities, including her reading and writing, in his absence. In a letter to her he wrote, "wirst du nun dieses alles, nach meiner Vorschrift, gethan haben [ . . ] du sollst in einem kleinen Jahre das vernünftigste, artigste, angenehmste, liebenswürdigste Mädgen, [ .

13 Stille Zeile Sechs appears to reverse the self-doubt that had begun to emerge in Die Überläuferin. History, it seems, has vindicated Rosalind's dissent. Furthermore, the novel participates in controversies of the early 1990s concerning similarities, or otherwise, between Nazism and the GDR. Yet Stille Zeile Sechs is more than just a statement of Maron's impressions of the GDR as a totalitarian state. Instead the text revolves around the uneasily equivocal relationship between "Opfer und Unschuld" ("sacrifice and innocence").

Vor jedes meiner Attribute setzen sie ein "zu": du bist zu spontan, zu naiv, zu ehrlich, zu schnell im Urteil" (78)8—by a third person narrator. The "real" Josefa nonetheless breaks through in a number of flights of fantasy (in an otherwise realistic text) during which she imagines her escape from convention. Critics have tended to read Flugasche exclusively as a critique of the GDR. Certainly, its debunking of socialist realism—Hodriwitzka's fate belies the glorification of the "positive hero"—the attacks on the practice of Selbstkritik ("self-criticism"), and the emphasis upon the subjectivity of its protagonist support this.

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