Christa Wolf: Socialism and Feminism in East Germany

An overview over the life and work of Christa Wolf, the critical and moral authority of East Germany, known for her engagement with the feminist and socialist causes. Considered Germany’s moral mother, Christa Wolf has always been in the front line of feminist and socialist causes. We will examine how her literary development mirrors the social, cultural and political history of the GDR: from utopia to Stasiland.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The course will initially provide an overview over the life and work of Christa Wolf, the critical and moral authority of East Germany, known for her engagement with the feminist and socialist causes. We will examine how her literary development mirrors the social, cultural and political history of the GDR: from utopia to Stasiland.
  • Secondly, we will read and analyse her short story Self-experiment (1972), in which a female scientist volunteers in a sex change experiment and enters the male world. In this story, Wolf deals with the possibility of women’s self-realisation in a repressive and patriarchal society.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Attain an overview over the German writer Christa Wolf and the main topics dealt with in her works;
  2. Have a better understanding of the social and cultural situation in East Germany;
  3. Discuss the feminist and gender roles' issues.
$145 Limited / $131

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