Twenty years on, competing memories of the GDR in post-unification German culture

Renate Rechtien (Editor), Dennis Tate (Editor)

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Twenty years after the dramatic events that led to the opening of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the GDR, the subjective dimension of German unification is still far from complete. The nature of the East German state remains a matter of cultural as well as political debate. This volume of new research focuses on competing memories of the GDR and the ways they have evolved in the mass media, literature, and film since 1989-90. Taking as its point of departure the impact of iconic visual images of the fall of the Wall on our understanding of the historical GDR, the volume first considers the decade of cultural conflict that followed unification and then the emergence of a more complex and diverse "textual memory" of the GDR since the Berlin Republic was established in 1999. It highlights competing generational perspectives on the GDR era and the unexpected "afterlife" of the GDR in recent publications. The volume as a whole shows the vitality of eastern German culture two decades after the demise of the GDR and the centrality of these memory debates to the success of Germany's unification process
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRochester, New York
PublisherCamden House
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9781571135032
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
PublisherCamden House


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