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Shakespeare's Children in Dialogue: Erich Fried and Heiner Müller

Berendse, Gerrit-Jan 2008. Shakespeare's Children in Dialogue: Erich Fried and Heiner Müller. In: Berendse, Gerrit-Jan and Cornils, Ingo eds. Baader-Meinhof Returns: History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, German Monitor, vol. 70. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 171-190.

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Abstract

In their figurations of political violence perpetrated by the Red Army Faction, Erich Fried and Heiner Müller represent two distinct poles in contemporary German literary history. In the texts they published in 1977, both invoke corporeality, in order to better relate the phenomenon of terrorism. Despite the disparities (as conveyed in their 'Dichtergespräch' of 1987), these writers share a common interest in the work of William Shakespeare and his bodily approach to political intricacies. Fried and Müller's writings constitute two unique samples of cultural memory regarding the violent incidents on West Germany's streets. While focussing on RAF terrorism, the poetics of both writers are, surprisingly, more compatible than literary history would suggest.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042023918
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:35
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/23239

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