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The Resource Writing in red : the East German Writers Union and the role of literary intellectuals, Thomas W. Goldstein

Writing in red : the East German Writers Union and the role of literary intellectuals, Thomas W. Goldstein

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Writing in red : the East German Writers Union and the role of literary intellectuals
Title
Writing in red
Title remainder
the East German Writers Union and the role of literary intellectuals
Statement of responsibility
Thomas W. Goldstein
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book explores how the East German Writers Union became a site for the contestation of writers' roles in GDR society with consequences well beyond the literary community. In the German Democratic Republic words and ideas mattered, both for legitimizing and criticizing the regime. No wonder, then, that the ruling SED party created a Writers Union to mold what writers publicly wrote and said. Its chief task was ideological: creating a socialist and antifascist culture. But it was also supposed to advance its members' professional interests and enable them to act as public intellectuals with a say in the direction of socialism. Many writers demanded that it pursue this second function as well, which brought it into conflict with the SED. This book explores how the union became a site for the contestation of writers' roles in GDR society with consequences well beyond the literary community. Union leaders, pressured by the SED or the secret police, usually acquiesced in enforcing regime demands, but by the 1980s many authors had adapted to the rules of the game, exploiting their union membership to insulate themselves from reprisal for their carefully worded critiques and in so doing beginning to break down limitations on public speech. The book explores how and why in the 1970s the Writers Union helped normalize relations between writers and state, yet over the course of the 1980s inadvertently aided the expansion of permissible speech, ultimately helping destabilize the East German system. --
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1980-
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Goldstein, Thomas W.
Dewey number
830.99431
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
German history in context
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  • Schriftstellerverband der DDR
  • German literature
  • Authors, German
  • Germany (East)
Label
Writing in red : the East German Writers Union and the role of literary intellectuals, Thomas W. Goldstein
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Defending Peace, Defining Participation, 1979 -- 83
  • 6.
  • Years of Resignation, 1983 -- 85
  • 7.
  • Glasnost in the GDR? 1985 -- 89
  • 8.
  • Coming Full Circle, 1989 -- 90
  • 1.
  • German Writers Associations through 1970
  • 2.
  • Socioeconomic Functions
  • 3.
  • The Era of No Taboos? 1971 -- 76
  • 4.
  • A Disciplining Instrument, 1976 -- 79
Control code
ocn985078039
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 353 pages
Isbn
9781571139207
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)985078039
Label
Writing in red : the East German Writers Union and the role of literary intellectuals, Thomas W. Goldstein
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Defending Peace, Defining Participation, 1979 -- 83
  • 6.
  • Years of Resignation, 1983 -- 85
  • 7.
  • Glasnost in the GDR? 1985 -- 89
  • 8.
  • Coming Full Circle, 1989 -- 90
  • 1.
  • German Writers Associations through 1970
  • 2.
  • Socioeconomic Functions
  • 3.
  • The Era of No Taboos? 1971 -- 76
  • 4.
  • A Disciplining Instrument, 1976 -- 79
Control code
ocn985078039
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 353 pages
Isbn
9781571139207
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)985078039

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