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Searching for a New German Identity

Ganter, Theresa M.

Searching for a New German Identity

Heiner Müller and the Geschichtsdrama

Series: DDR- Studien / East German Studies - Volume 16

Year of Publication: 2008

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. 455 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-048-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.670 kg, 1.477 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book investigates Heiner Müller’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 Müller’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 Müller’s perception of German identity at various points in time. The research focuses on Müller’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 Rezeptionsästhetik.

Contents

Contents: Heiner Müller 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.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

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.

Series

East German Studies. Vol. 16
Edited by Richard A. Zipser