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Requiem für Michael Kohlhaas: Der Dialog mit den Toten in Christoph Heins Horns Ende und In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten

Clarke, David 2008. Requiem für Michael Kohlhaas: Der Dialog mit den Toten in Christoph Heins Horns Ende und In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten. In: De Winde, Arne and Gilleir, Anke eds. Literatur im Krebsgang: Totenbeschwörung und Memoria in der deutschsprachigen Literatur nach 1989, Brill / Rodopi,

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Abstract

This chapter examines the dialogue with the dead in Christoph Hein's novels Horns Ende and In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten. Whereas the former revisits the story of a victim of political oppression in the GDR and implicitly calls for a revision of East German history, which would take such victims into account and challenge the official discourse of progress, the latter addresses the fate of an RAF terrorist killed by agents of the Federal German state. Both of these figures are portrayed as absolute seekers after justice and can be understood in the context of the author's continuing reception of Heinrich von Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas. Their example implicates the living in this same quest for justice, yet there are clear differences between the two texts. The openness of the ending of Horns Ende stands in marked contrast to that of In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten, which no longer holds out the possibility that a dialogue with the dead could be the catalyst for change.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Brill / Rodopi
ISBN: 978-9042023222
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 15:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/118705

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