After the Stasi: Collaboration and the Struggle for by Annie Ring

By Annie Ring

Why did such a lot of voters of the GDR conform to collaborate with the Stasi?

interpreting works of literature considering that German unification within the mild of formerly unseen records from the data of the Stasi, After the Stasi uncovers how writers to the current day have explored collaboration as a problem to the sovereignty of subjectivity. Annie Ring right here interweaves shut research of literary fiction and life-writing by means of former Stasi spies and sufferers with files from the archive, new readings from literary modernism and cultural theories of the self. In its pursuit of the unusual strength of the Stasi, the ebook introduces an archetypal personality within the writing of German unification: one that isn't really sovereign over her or his activities, yet as an alternative is pressured by means of an critical to collaborate – an central that persists in new kinds within the post-Cold conflict age.

Ring's examine identifies a huge historic shift after 1989, from a collaboration that came about in live performance with others, in a way which may be recorded within the archive, to the extra remoted and eventually much less dependable complicities of the capitalist current. whereas contemplating this shift within the most modern texts through East German writers, Ring provocatively means that their bills of collaboration below the Stasi, and of the less-than-sovereign subjectivity to which it attests, stay pressing for knowing the complicities to which we proceed to consent within the current day.

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