Searching for a New German Identity: Heiner Mueller and the Geschichtsdrama (DDR- Studien / East German Studies 16 New edition)

Searching for a New German Identity: Heiner Mueller and the Geschichtsdrama (DDR- Studien / East German Studies 16 New edition)

By: Theresa M. Ganter (author)Paperback

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This book investigates Heiner Muller's use of the Geschichtsdrama as a tool in his search for post-World War II and post-reunification German identity in Germania Tod in Berlin (1956/1971) and Germania 3 Gespenster am Toten Mann (1996), respectively. By using specific examples organized into relevant categories, the author demonstrates not only how these historical, allegorical, and political persons and events have affected the course of German history in Muller's opinion, but also how he believes they have influenced German identity of the past and present and may affect its future. In her analyses of these two dramas, the author explores the many historical, political, and allegorical characters as well as the abundant intertextual references by locating their original sources in order to explain their significance as each relates to Muller's perception of German identity at various points in time. The research focuses on Muller's use of the literary techniques of intertextuality, collage, metaphors, allegorical figures, political songs, ballads, and fairy tales. The methodological approach is eclectic: a mixture of New Criticism, New Historicism, and Rezeptionsasthetik.

About Author

The Author: Theresa M. Ganter has a B.A. in German, French, and International Studies and an International MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, an M.A. in German from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in German from The Pennsylvania State University. She worked for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Bonn for two decades and has recently returned to the USA where she is pursuing her teaching and research interests.


Contents: Heiner Muller and German Identity - German History and Politics - Rosa Luxemburg and German Communism - Hitler and World War II - Stalin and Stalingrad - The Berlin Wall: FRG vs. GDR - German Reunification - Geschichtsdramen: Germania Tod in Berlin - Germania 3 Gespenster am Toten Mann.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9783039110483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 455
  • ID: 9783039110483
  • weight: 670
  • ISBN10: 3039110489
  • edition: New edition

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