Remembering and Rethinking the GDR: Multiple Perspectives and Plural Authenticities

Hardcover | December 15, 2012

EditorAnna Saunders, Debbie Pinfold

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More than twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, memories of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) remain complex and controversial. As new generations come of age, not only do the political, social and cultural parameters of remembrance shift accordingly, but so too do the forms of media used to transmit these memories. This volume explores the different ways in which the GDR has been remembered since its demise in 1989/90, and asks how memory of this state continues to impact on contemporary Germany. The chapters offer multiple perspectives on the GDR, examining the way memories have been expressed in and shaped by literature, film, music, museums, monuments, historical narratives, commemorative events and everyday discourse concerning the GDR. In resisting monolithic readings of the GDR, the volume offers new insights into the complex relationship between past and present in eastern Germany.

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More than twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, memories of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) remain complex and controversial. As new generations come of age, not only do the political, social and cultural parameters of remembrance shift accordingly, but so too do the forms of media used to transmit these memories. This v...

ANNA SAUNDERS is Senior Lecturer in German at Bangor University, UK. Her current research focuses on the memorialisation of the GDR, on which she has published a range of articles. Her monograph, Honecker's Children (2007), explores the relationship between youth and patriotism in eastern Germany both before and after 1989.DEBBIE PINF...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 10.82 × 5.74 × 0.85 inPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; D.PinfoldA.Saunders
PART I: THEORETICAL REFLECTIONS
The GDR and the Memory Debate; S.Radstone & S.Arnold-de Simine
Selective Memory: Channelling the Past in Post-GDR Society; P.Hogwood
PART II: NARRATIVE FRAMEWORKS OF MEMORY
Reframing Antifascism: Greta Kuckhoff as Author, Commentator and Critic; J.Sayner
Community and Genre: Autobiographical Rememberings of Stasi Oppression; S.Jones
Doppelgänger in Post-Wende Literature: Klaus Schlesinger's Trug and beyond; E.Gilson
PART III: BEYOND NOSTALGIA
'Ostalgie doesn't fit': Individual Interpretations of and Interaction with Ostalgie; C.Hyland
Reflective Nostalgia and Diasporic Memory: Composing East Germany after 1989; E.Kelly
Colour and Time in Museums of East German Everyday Life; C.Paver
PART IV: PAST MEMORIES FOR PRESENT CONCERNS
Memory Matters and Contexts: Remembering for Past, Present and Future; A.Gallinat
The Politics of Memory in Berlin's Freiheits- und Einheitsdenkmal; A.Saunders
'We were heroes.' Local Memories of Autumn 1989: Revising the Past; A.Kaiser
PART V: MEMORIES IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC
Re-Imagining the Niche: Visual Reconstructions of Private Spaces in the GDR; G.Mueller
Memories, Secrets and Lies: The Emotional Legacy of the GDR in Christian Schwochow's Novemberkind; O.Evans
Life in the Army: Reported, Represented, Remembered; M.Allinson
Index