East German intellectuals and public discourses in the 1950s: Wieland Herzfelde, Erich Loest and Peter Hacks
van der Wall, Hidde Tjakke (2014) East German intellectuals and public discourses in the 1950s: Wieland Herzfelde, Erich Loest and Peter Hacks. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The aim of this thesis is to contribute to a differentiated reassessment of the cultural history of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), which has hitherto been hampered by critical approaches which have the objective of denouncing rather than understanding East German culture and society. Approaches such as these rely on schematic black-and-white oppositions, e.g. the dichotomy of conformity and dissidence, and present the East German cultural public spheres in a top-down way as a closed space in which a supposedly monolithic and deceitful Party ideology dictates what can be said or written.
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