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Building Socialism

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Building Socialism reveals how East German writers' engagement with the rapidly changing built environment from the mid-1950s to ... Weiterlesen
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Building Socialism reveals how East German writers' engagement with the rapidly changing built environment from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s constitutes an untold story about the emergence of literary experimentation in the post-War period. It breaks new ground by exploring the centrality of architecture to a mid-century modernist literature in dialogue with multiple literary and left-wing theoretical traditions and in tune with international assessments of modernist architecture and urban planning.

Design and construction were a central part of politics and everyday life in East Germany during this time as buildings old and new were asked to bear heavy ideological and social burdens. In their novels, stories, and plays, Heiner Müller, Christa Wolf, Günter Kunert, Volker Braun, Günter de Bruyn, and Brigitte Reimann responded to enormous new factory complexes, experimental new towns, the demolition of Berlin's tenements, and the propagation of a pared-down modernist aesthetic in interior design. Writers' representation of the design, construction, and use of architecture formed part of a turn to modernist literary devices, including montage, metaphor, and shifting narrative perspectives. East Germany's literary architecture also represents a sophisticated theoretical reflection on the intractable problems of East Germany's socialist modernity, including the alliance between state socialism and technological modernization, competing commitments to working-class self-organization and the power of specialist planners and designers, and the attempt to create an alternative to fascism.


Curtis Swope is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA.



I: Framing East Germany: Marxism, Architecture, and Literature
1. Socialist Writers and Modern Architecture

II. Architecture, Theater, and the Early Years of the Scientific-Technological Revolution
2. Confronting the Construction Site: Heiner Müller from Operativity to Metaphor
3. Towards a Bourgeois Architecture: Helmut Baierl's Frau Flinz and the Space of the Class Enemy

III. Artchitecture and Modernity in the Prose of the 1960s
4. Time at Home: The Domestic Interior in Günter de Bruyn, Irmtraud Morgner, Brigitte Reimann, Christa Wolf, and Gerhard Wolf
5. Literary Responses to East German Urbanism



Titel: Building Socialism
Untertitel: Architecture and Urbanism in East German Literature, 1955-1973
EAN: 9781501328121
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 16.11.2017
Dateigrösse: 1.7 MB
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