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Legacies and Identity

East and West German Literary Responses to Unification


Martin Kane

Contents: Martin Kane: Preface – Dennis Tate: The End of Autobiography? The older generation of East German authors take stock – Edwin Kratschmer: GDR Writers in the Stasi Net – Paul Cooke: Opfer or Täter? From Opfer to Täter? Identity and the Stasi in post-Wende East German literature – Alan Corkhill: Walls of Silence: Wolfgang Hilbig’s critique of GDR society in his short fiction since the Wende – Andrew Plowman: History, Identity and the Writer: Helga Königsdorf and Monika Maron since 1990 – Peter Hutchinson: ‘Der Sozialismus geht und Johnny Walker kommt’: German poetry of the Wende and unification – Ruth J. Owen: The Colonizing West: Post-Wende poetry by Heiner Müller, Steffen Mensching and Bert Papenfuß in the 1990s – Jill Twark: ‘Hurra, Humor ist nicht mehr eingeplant!’ East German satirists speak out – Stuart Taberner: A Matter of Perspective? Martin Walser’s fiction in the 1990s – Peter Graves: Christa Wolf in the 1990s – Martin Kane: In the Firing Line: Günter Grass and his critics in the 1990s.