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Anna Seghers Handbook

Introduction

The Anna Seghers Handbook gives a comprehensive overview of the author's complete works, from the early texts and stories of the 1920s to her death in 1983. In addition to looking at her life as the fate of the century, the focus is on the development of her literary, poetological and essayistic writings from early, exile and post-war work to the texts after 1967. In this context, the author's formative living and cultural spaces as well as her cultural and cultural-political commitment up to her presidency of the GDR Writers' Association are examined. The national and international reception is another focus. The consideration of the polarization of the judgment on Seghers after 1989 shows the possibility of differentiated evaluation strategies.

Keywords

German literature Exile literature Weimar Republic National Socialism GDR prose

Editors and affiliations

  • Carola Hilmes
  • Ilse Nagel schmidt
  1. 1. Institute for German Literature and its DidacticsGoethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2. Institute for German Studies, University of Leipzig-Leipzig, Germany

About the editors

Carola Hilmes is an adjunct professor for modern German literature at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

Ilse Nagelschmidt is Professor of Modern and Latest German Literature at the University of Leipzig.

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