Poetry in the Service of Politics: The Case of Adam Mickiewicz in Communist Poland and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in East Germany

Poetry in the Service of Politics: The Case of Adam Mickiewicz in Communist Poland and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in East Germany

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Overview

This book analyzes the ideology-based reception of Adam Mickiewicz in Communist Poland and of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in East Germany, the dynamics of that process and the strategies used to exploit the iconic status of the poets for the purpose of reaffirming the legitimacy of the new system. The basic question tackled here concerns the similarities and differences between the Polish and German styles of harnessing poets into the service of politics. These issues are presented in view of the cultural and political life, i.e. public appearances by prominent politicians and culture activists, Marxist history of literature and literary works that ennobled Mickiewicz and Goethe in a hagiographic manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631629208
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 06/26/2015
Series: Studien zur Kulturellen und Literarischen Kommunismusforschung Series , #2
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Anna Artwińska is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Slavic Literature at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests comprise the study of communism, socialist realism, postcolonial studies, the romantic period in Russian, German and Polish literature and genealogical narratives in Russian and Polish contemporary literature.

Table of Contents

Contents: Adam Mickiewicz in the Communist Poland – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in eastern Germany – Marxist Conceptions of Romanticism – Marxist Conceptions of Classism – Romantic Tradition – Cultural Heritage – Communist Censorship – Socialist Realism – Polish-German Relationships.

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