German Writers and the Politics of Culture

Dealing with the Stasi

  • Paul Cooke
  • Andrew Plowman

Part of the New Perspectives in German Studies book series (NPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Part One

  3. Part Two

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 243-262

About this book


Before the fall of the Berlin Wall many East German writers were praised in the Western world as dissident voices of truth, bravely struggling with the draconian constraints of living under the GDR's communist regime. However, since unification, Germany has been rocked by scandals showing the level to which the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, controlled these same writers. This is the first study in English to systematically explore how the writers have responded to the challenge of dealing with the Stasi from the 1950s to the present day.


Comic communism culture Germany politics society

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Cooke
    • 1
  • Andrew Plowman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeedsUK
  2. 2.School of Modern LanguagesUniversity of LiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information