Stanley Milgram and Siegfried Lenz : an analysis of "Deutschstunde" in the framework of social psychology

  • Siegfried Lenz's novel "Deutschstunde" is analyzed on the basis of work conducted by two American psychologists: Stanley Milgram and Lawrence Kohlberg. The concept of duty and obedience to authority are considered as social phenomena that go beyond personal disposition. The article uses Milgram's famous obedience experiment in order to consider the literary depiction of psychological processes underlying compliance with orders to commit reprehensible acts. A comparison is made between Jens Jepsen, the fictional obedient policeman in "Deutschstunde", and Paul Grueninger, a real policeman in wartime Switzerland, who refused to follow orders and saved many refugees at the Swiss-Austrian border.

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Author:Vladimir Tumanov
Parent Title (English):Neophilologus
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media B.V.,
Place of publication:Dordrecht [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2007
Year of first Publication:2007
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/12/30
GND Keyword:Lenz, Siegfried / Deutschstunde; Milgram, Stanley; Sozialpsychologie
Page Number:19
First Page:135
Last Page:148
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
BDSL-Klassifikation:18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) / BDSL-Klassifikation: 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.14.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren
03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft / BDSL-Klassifikation: 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.14.00 Literatursoziologie
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht