Literatur und Sprache in Krisen- und Umbruchzeiten
Edited By Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich, Carlotta von Maltzan and Kathleen Thorpe
Konstruktionen von Heimat Hedda Zinner, Anna Seghers, Christa Wolf, Jenny Erpenbeck
Withold Bonner (Universität Tampere, Finnland)
Konstruktionen von Heimat
Hedda Zinner, Anna Seghers, Christa Wolf, Jenny Erpenbeck
German history in the 20th century is marked by repeated social upheavals and changes to the political and economic system. These changes and new delineations were accompanied by experiences of loss and alienation as well as ongoing or newly formed identifications. Each time these changes triggered intensified reflections on what should be understood by 'Heimat', a very German word for home or homeland, whether geographical or political. After discussing possible notions associated with terms as contentious as 'Heimat' and 'generation', this contribution explores changing constructions of 'Heimat' in the context of these social upheavals. With the focus on the GDR, the study investigates literary texts by four female authors belonging to three different generations: Hedda Zinner, Anna Seghers, Christa Wolf, and Jenny Erpenbeck.
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