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This study presents the historical development of topical drama in the German Democratic Republic from 1945 to 1975. The author investigates the sociopolitical function of both dramas and dramatists such as Karl Grünberg, Friedrich Wolf, and Erwin Strittmatter during the various transitional stages of the GDR's growth toward a socialist society. The substantive, critical study of plays, authors, productions, and dramatic theory is supplemented by a critical analysis of the Socialist Unity Party's cultural and literary policies during the GDR's turbulent history. While Western critics tend to isolate individual GDR dramas and interpret them out of context, Huettich explores in depth how the cultural policy of the GDR significantly helped shape the course of post-World War II drama in the 'planned society.'

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title
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  1. Series Note
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Addendum to the Preface
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  1. Introduction: Theater in Flux, 1945–1949
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  1. I. Veterans Into the Breach: Grünberg, Wolf and Wangenheim
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  1. II. The Emergence of the Socialist Perspective: 1951-1956
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  1. III. Toward a Socialist National Theater
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  1. IV. The Dialectic Digression
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  1. V. Brown Coal Dialectics
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  1. VI. In Search of the Mainstream
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  1. VII. Collective Bucolics
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  1. VIII. The Bourgeois Aesthetic: Up Against the Wall
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  1. IX. Heavy Traffic on the Party Line: The Plays of 1963–1964
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  1. X. Ruminations and Rejections: The Eleventh Plenary Inquisition
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  1. XI. The Contemporary Topical Drama
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469657585
Related ISBN
9781469657578
MARC Record
OCLC
1155235777
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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