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Volkmar Sander

A marital argument. An unwanted pregnancy. A lost job. An illicit love affair. Such are the pivotal issues of Kroetz's plays. They are plays describing everyday people with many dreams, few words to express them, and little hope of achieving them. People caught helplessly in the tidepools and eddies of mainstream consumer society. Kroetz captures them with a language and characterization so convincing, so compelling, that within the space of a few seasons he has become one of West Germany's most popular and acclaimed playwrights. This work examines the author and his writings, allowing both to speak for themselves while simultaneously following the interconnecting threads of philosophy, theme, and style which make up the fabric of Kroetz's proletarian dramaturgy.
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The Silence of Entropy or Universal Discourse

The Postmodernist Poetics of Heiner Müller

Volkmar Sander

This study delineates the fundamental principles of Heiner Müller's revolutionary poetic project and, in detailed analyses of three recent plays, shows how these strategies are realized in specific discursive structures of his texts. Heiner Müller, arguably the most important German playwright since Brecht, is seen to undermine both bourgeois and orthodox socialist models of drama, history, and revolution, and to create a new dramatic discourse of anonymous voices hitherto excluded from aesthetic production.
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Franz Kafka's Use of Law in Fiction

A New Interpretation of "In der Strafkolonie, "Der Prozess, and "Das Schloss

Volkmar Sander

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Clara Zetkin und Brot und Rosen

Literaturpolitische Konflikte zwischen Partei und Frauenbewegung in der deutschen Vorkriegssozialdemokratie

Volkmar Sander

Während der Epoche zwischen 1890-1914 ermutigte Clara Zetkin sozial- demokratische Parteimitglieder zur Aufrechterhaltung einer autonomen, sozialistischen Literaturtradition. Dies widersprach der Kultur- politik sowohl ihrer linken wie der rechten Parteigenossen, die damals den Wert der Literatur für den Klassenkampf verneinten. Die Arbeit stellt Zetkins Literaturarbeit in Praxis und Theorie dar und bietet eine Erklärung für Zetkins oppositionelle Position an: Zetkins Literaturpolitik hatte letzten Endes ihre Wurzeln in ihrer Hauptarbeit, nämlich der Organisation von proletarischen Frauen, deren Interessen und Bedürfnisse Zetkin in allen Bereichen, auch in kulturellen, berücksichtigte und verteidigte.
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Social Integration and Narrative Structure

Patterns of Realism in Auerbach, Freytag, Fontane and Raabe

Volkmar Sander

Defining realism as a category of literary communication, this study delineates three distinct patterns of reader experience within 19th-century German Realism. In considering the interaction of text and reader as constructing the world which a «realistic» novel is often said to reflect or describe, the author coordinates an analysis of the social systems constituted within the texts with a consideration of the narrative structure. The first pattern connects village tales by Auerbach with Freytag's Soll und Haben. A second pattern of reader experience, demonstrated in three novels by Fontane, exposes and manipulates the mechanisms of social integration. The final pattern, two works from Raabe's Braunschweig Trilogy, undermines the middle-class reality it evokes.
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Literature of the Working World

A Study of the Industrial Novel in East Germany

Volkmar Sander

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Harlequin Besieged

The Reception of Comedy in Germany during the Early Enlightenment

Volkmar Sander

This study presents the set of audience expectations for German comedy that obtained within the growing literary public sphere of the 1740's. Reviews of isolated plays are used to generate a hypothetical «horizon», which is then tested in an examination of three complex debates of «scandalous» comedies. As important was the participation of texts in the reception process, whereby authors could not only react to public criticism but also try to guide it. The goal is a better understanding of what the emerging middle class expected of its literature at this early stage.
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A War of Fools

The Letters of Obscure Men- A Study of the Satire and the Satirized

Volkmar Sander

The main part of this study is a detailed analysis of the content of the Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum (EOV). It will identify the satirical devices which Crotus and Ulrich apply in their work. Furthermore, the structure of the work will be analyzed and it will be shown to what extent the epistolary tradition of antiquity and of the Middle Ages has influenced the form of these letters. Next, the treatment of the traditional medieval Seven Deadly Sins will be carefully examined in the text of the EOV. However, the study will focus its attention on the various methods with which Crotus and Ulrich satirize ignorance and literary barbarism. In doing so it will trace the humanist concept of ideal learning and it will show how the authors devised their caricature of ignorance in contrast with this high standard.
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The Novels of Johann Karl Wezel

Satire, Realism and Social Criticism in Late 18th Century Literature

Volkmar Sander

On the assumption that satirical literature formulated an important perspective of actual conditions prevalent in the social, philosophi- cal and political aspects of life in 18th century Germany, the author examines the reasons for the poor reception of satire in Germany and the ensuing difficulties confronting J.K. Wezel in presenting his own thoughts to his contemporaries as the English satirists had done in England. The discussion focuses on Wezel's criticism of the major literary movements of the time as well as on philosophical convictions and social attitudes which supported these movements, including the impact of new economic theory from England and various experimental political structures under debate. Wezel is seen as the foremost German satirist of the time and his other prose contributions, including an «anthropological» novel and a «bourgeoise» epic establish Wezel as an important unorthodox thinker whose stubborn realism reveals a new context for 18th century literary studies.