Late socialism as a narrative problem: Christoph Hein and the limits of the Novella

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Christoph Hein's Der fremde Freund, published in the GDR in 1982, counts as a paradigmatic postwar German novella. While the text announces its genre membership explicitly, it fails, or perhaps refuses, to substantiate fully its initial self-categorization. Indeed, its ambiguous adherence to the premises of this eventfocused genre highlights how the use of a particular generic format to organize narrative material can serve to foreground and conceal, activate and deactivate ideological meanings.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Norberg, J

Published Date

  • February 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 63 - 82

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0149-7952

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/gsr.2015.0023

Citation Source

  • Scopus