Stasi, sex and soundtracks: Thomas Brussig's Postalgie

  • Since the fall of the Wall, a new era of East German literature has emerged. This genre of literature exists even though East Germany’s borders dissolved over a decade and half ago and is challenging the way we think about the former German Democratic Republic. East German author Thomas Brussig is pivotal in this new genre of literature. His novels Helden wie wir (1995), Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (1999) and Leander Haußmann’s cinematic adaptation, Sonnenallee (1999), confront the negative associations and stereotypes connected with East Germany to deconstruct how formal history has portrayed its past and its citizens. Brussig’s texts take a completely different approach to remembering the GDR, which simultaneously challenges history’s dominant perspective as well as the Ostalgie phenomenon. Through his texts’ recollection, Brussig subverts the East German state in hindsight and begins the construction of a new mythology with which to associate former East Germany.

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Author:Elizabeth Nijdam
Referee:Peter Gölz, Ulf Schuetze, Tom Saunders, Reinhart Illner
Document Type:magisterthesis
Date of Publication (online):2007/07/30
Year of first Publication:2005
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Granting Institution:University of Victoria
Release Date:2014/02/14
Tag:Brussig, Thomas; Deutsche Literatur; Deutscher Film; Helden wie wir; Ostalgie; Postalgie; Sonnenallee
Last Page:158 S.
Die folgenden Lizenzbestimmungen sind mit dieser Ressource verbunden: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Victoria, 2007.
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 791 Öffentliche Darbietungen, Film, Rundfunk
8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zum Film
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0