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The writers' state : constructing East German literature 1945-1959 / Stephen Brockmann.

By: Brockmann, Stephen [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture: 171.Publisher: Rochester, New York : Camden House, 2015Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781782046813; 178204681X.Subject(s): German literature -- Germany (East) -- History and criticismGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Writers' State : Constructing East German Literature, 1945-1959DDC classification: 930.9/943109045 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Frontcover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Reconstructing East German Literature; Part I. The Absence of State (1945); 1: In the Zone, 1945; Part II. Constructing the State (1949); 2: Brecht and the Battle of the Spirits, 1949; 3: German Culture's Will to Power, 1949-50; 4: Fascinating Fascists, 1949-50; Part III. Contesting the State (1953); 5: Typical Heroes, 1951-53; 6: The Danger of Optimism, 1953; Part IV. The State Cracks Down (1956); 7: The Worst of Times, 1956-58; 8: Literature for Adults, 1956-59; Conclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary: Examines the literature produced from the very beginnings of what became the GDR through the 1950s, redressing a tendency of literary scholarship to focus on the literature of the later GDR.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Frontcover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Reconstructing East German Literature; Part I. The Absence of State (1945); 1: In the Zone, 1945; Part II. Constructing the State (1949); 2: Brecht and the Battle of the Spirits, 1949; 3: German Culture's Will to Power, 1949-50; 4: Fascinating Fascists, 1949-50; Part III. Contesting the State (1953); 5: Typical Heroes, 1951-53; 6: The Danger of Optimism, 1953; Part IV. The State Cracks Down (1956); 7: The Worst of Times, 1956-58; 8: Literature for Adults, 1956-59; Conclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index

Examines the literature produced from the very beginnings of what became the GDR through the 1950s, redressing a tendency of literary scholarship to focus on the literature of the later GDR.

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After German unification, East German literary critic Hans Mayer acknowledged that the GDR was truly a "writers' state." He meant that what intellectuals said and wrote mattered in that nation's political and economic development and in its efforts to create an anti-fascist, democratic society. From 1945 to the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, intellectuals and others living in the Soviet Occupied Zone were there by choice. They willingly gave their talents, hoping to develop a humanistic socialist state. Brockmann (Carnegie Mellon Univ.) writes about this seminal period of the development of East German socialism, and the resulting book is the best work in English to date on the role of intellectuals in the first decade and half of the GDR. Brockmann provides a detailed, nuanced discussion of the roles played by well-known intellectuals, less-famous writers, and even obscure combatants in the formalism-realism debates of the 1940s, in the turmoil of the East German workers' uprising of 1953, and in the reform and liberalization movement ensuing from Khrushchev's de-Stalinization speech in 1956. Throughout, Brockmann focuses on the ideological tensions between the first generation of writers in the GDR and Stalinists in the Socialist Unity Party and how these tensions ultimately led to show trials and harsh prison sentences for vulnerable reformers. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Robert C. Conard, University of Dayton

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