Finding a Voice explores aspects of the use and function of language in East Germany which resulted from Party control of public discourse during the period of the German Democratic Republic. A distinctive feature of the volume, which brings together essays by British and German scholars, is the wide variety of areas which are incorporated in this survey - from political and public discourse, through aspects of sociolinguistics and the teaching of German, to a spectrum of artistic forms ranging from rock music and film to poetry and the novel. In particular, the relationship between public discourse and the events of the `Wende' is explored in a number of contributions. Most of the works and issues considered are discussed in English here for the first time, and the volume as a whole should be of interest to scholars concerned with the GDR and with contemporary German culture, to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and also to others interested in the history and culture of Germany since 1945. Nine of the essays are in English and four in German.
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
"...a solidly focused thematic anthology." in: Monatshefte, Vol. 97, No. 2, 2005 "The organizers of the Vlotho conference and the editors of this volume are to be congratulated for producing such a coherent collection of thematically related and carefully edited papers." in: Modern Language Review, 97.2, 2002 "...Finding a Voice is an important resource for the further work on politics of culture in the GDR." in: Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, Vol. XXXIX, No 1, Feb. 2003
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