Engendering the GDR: DEFA cinema 1956-1966
Gregson, Julie (2002) Engendering the GDR: DEFA cinema 1956-1966. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis examines four films made during two key phases in East German film history in the mid-1950s and the mid-1960s which have earned critical acclaim for their challenge to cultural-political orthodoxy and which I read as national narratives offering political, social, cultural and historical constructions of GDR identity. I argue that narrative representations of gender and sexuality serve in the films as a means towards negotiating between affirmation and critique. My analyses are informed by a wide range of other DEFA films.
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