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Title:Renegotiating history: representations of the family in post-1989 German literature
Author(s):Criser, Regine
Director of Research:Pinkert, Anke
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Pinkert, Anke
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Fritzsche, Peter A.; Johnson, Laurie R.; Niekerk, Carl; Yildiz, Yasemin
Department / Program:Germanic Languages & Lit
Discipline:German
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Family
Space
Agency
Memory
Post-Socialist Germany
Post-1989 German Literature
Contemporary German Literature
Abstract:Scholars emphasize concepts of trauma and loss to describe literary responses to the collapse of socialism in 1989. In contrast, focusing on literary representations of family, this project reveals productive coping mechanisms developed in German literature after 1989. In artistic representation, family marks the site where the GDR’s dissolution and new post-1989 beginnings are negotiated. I draw on the concepts of agency, memory, and space to show how the historical transformation in 1989 affected existing family structures and how narrative family representations negotiate the historical meaning of 1989. Situated at the intersection of literature, cultural studies, and history, this project shows how family representations constitute a privileged site of post-socialist renewals.
Issue Date:2013-08-22
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/45312
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Regine Criser
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-08-22
Date Deposited:2013-08


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