MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Stephen G. Fritz
Christa Hungate, William Douglas Burgess Jr.
The purpose of this study is to examine selected German literature dealing with issues of history and identity in light of the catastrophic reshaping of society after World War II and reunification. The research process will involve an examination of selected authors and their works that are most relevant to the topic. In order to provide a clear understanding not only of important literary themes but also of the appropriate historical context, attention will be devoted to providing biographical information in addition to critical literary analysis. Because this study is primarily historical in nature, context is important for determining a given author's possible motives in writing. The research will not only provide a better understanding of how history and identity have been addressed in modern German literature, identifying common and recurring themes in significant periods, but also demonstrate the value of using fiction in historical research.
Thesis - Open Access
Horton, Aaron Dennis, "Catastrophe and Identity in Post-War German Literature." (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1061. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1061
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