'In that dawn…': Revisiting the Wende
Author: Reed, T. J.
Source: Oxford German Studies, Volume 38, Number 3, 2009 , pp. 254-264(11)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:For today's students, the Wende is just history like any other bit of the syllabus. For older students of things German, it was a major event in our working and personal lives. The website for the series listed several types of memory, but did not specifically mention outsider memory: the view from over here as seen by sympathetic observers — sympathetic because we had strong emotional as well as intellectual ties to the country, its people and its culture. So I begin with a critical retelling of what happened in 1989 and immediately after as it looked from here, and as it looked over there, when as an outsider one went to a changed and uneasily un-reunited Germany. The last section discusses three recent novels by citizens of the former GDR (Werner Bräunig, Uwe Tellkamp, and Gottfried Meinhold) which offer a rich and complex image of their society.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: The Queen's College, Oxford
Publication date: 2009