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Weltbürgertum und nationale Verstrickung in Christa Wolfs Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1588-9602
2016 (German)In: Triangulum. Germanistisches Jahrbuch für Estland, Lettland und Litauen, ISSN 1406-2755, no 21, 459-468 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [de]

This article investigates – based on narratological analysis, taking into account specific links between a text, its context of origin and its author’s biographical information – how Christa Wolf utilizes her 2010 novel Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud to position herself in a discourse that presents America as a place of cultural cosmopolitanism and temporary refuge. However, the prominent GDR author’s self-positioning as a traveler to the USA and world citizen is only partially successful, as her German past and political involvement in the GDR – as well as the national debate this ignited in unified Germany after 1989 – catches up with her in the United States. This article demonstrates how Wolf ’s fictionalization of her own life story allows her – through the process of narrated self-analysis – to align herself politically while simultaneously positioning herself as a GDR author, even after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

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2016. no 21, 459-468 p.
Keyword [en]
Christa Wolf, Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud, GDR-authorship, German unification, national discourse, world citizenship, selective retention and repression
Keyword [de]
Christa Wolf, Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud, Amerika als Utopie, Weltbürgertum, selektive Erinnerung und Verdrängung, DDR-Autorin, nationaler Diskurs, deutsche Wiedervereinigung
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General Literature Studies
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German
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138575OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138575DiVA: diva2:1067975
Conference
10. Nordisch-Baltisches Germanistiktreffen, Tallinn, June 10-13, 2015
Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-23 Last updated: 2017-08-23

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