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Heiner Mu?ller and the Geschichtsdrama searching for a new German identity in the post-World War II (Germania Tod in Berlin) and post-reunification eras (Germania 3 Gespenster am Toten Mann) /

by Ganter, Theresa Marie.

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This dissertation investigates Heiner Müller's search for post-World War II and postreunification German identity as depicted in his Geschichtsdramen, Germania Tod in Berlin (1956/1971) and Germania 3 Gespenster am Toten Mann (1996), respectively. In my analyses, I demonstrate how Müller exposes the various myths surrounding German identity by combining historical elements with the literary techniques of collage, intertextuality, metaphors, allegorical figures, political songs, ballads, and fairy tales. Germania Tod covers the time spectrum from the first to the mid-twentieth century as the author looks for clues to help explain the evolution of German identity which led to Hitler's reign of terror and Germany’s ultimate defeat by the Allied Forces in 1945, the division of Germany, and the formation of the GDR in 1949. Germania 3 offers a retrospective look at the GDR following reunification with an emphasis on the enduring German-Russian aggression as a remnant of German identity based on the legacies of Hitler and Stalin.
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School:Pennsylvania State University

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:mu?ller heiner national characteristics german in literature

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