Who is remembering the German Democratic Republic, and how do they go about it? This volume of «contentious memories» brings together essays and critical responses in a look back at three aspects of GDR studies. It presents an opportunity for self-reflection on German Studies' past and ongoing engagement with the GDR and post-unification transformations. It seeks to evaluate old questions and raises new ones concerning the historical knowledge of GDR culture and our interpretations of it. Finally, it examines blindspots and self-deceptions of the past as well as those forming all too quickly in the present. Characterized by a self-awareness and historical understanding that is often neglected in the current tendency to write of the GDR, this collection marks a milestone in the (re)assessment of GDR studies in North America.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1998. X, 251 pp.
Contents: Frank Hörnigk: My friend Gert Neumann - Gert Neumann: Blackout - Marc Silberman: Gert Neuman: Bio-bibliography -
Marc Silberman: Whose Story Is This? Rewriting the Literary History of the GDR - Jay Rosellini: Response - Julia Hell: Critical
Orthodoxies, Old and New, or The Fantasy of a Pure Voice: Christa Wolf - Nancy Kaiser: Response - William Maltarich, Alan
Ng, Nancy Thuleen: Literature as Contested Ground: A Retrospective of GDR Studies in the United States - Jost Hermand: Looking
Back at Heiner Müller - Helen Fehervary: Response - David Bathrick: From UFA to DEFA: Past as Present in Early GDR Films -
Sabine Groß: Vergangenheitsbewältigung the gentle way? A Response to David Bathrick - Frank Hörnigk: Reconstructing
the GDR Canon of the 1960s and 1970s - Hans Adler: Response - Frauke Meyer-Gosau: Outing to Jurassic Park: «Germany»
in Post-Wall Literature. An Essay against Tiredness - Carol Poore: Comments.