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Heine, Kleist, and Büchner in the 1970s

Laura Bradley

in Cooperation and Conflict

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589630
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595479 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589630.003.0004
Heine, Kleist, and Büchner in the 1970s

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Chapter 4 explores productions of nineteenth‐century texts which the SED included in the GDR's cultural heritage but still found problematic due to the enduring relevance of their sociopolitical criticism. It examines productions at the Deutsches Theater and the Volksbühne in the 1970s: Eberhard Esche's reading of Deutschland: Ein Wintermärchen, Adolf Dresen's production of Michael Kohlhaas, and Jürgen Gosch's staging of Leonce und Lena. The chapter considers how theatre practitioners reacted to the expatriation of Wolf Biermann in 1976, and how the political crisis affected stagings at the Deutsches Theater. Officials were well aware of the contemporary resonances of all the productions in this chapter. Their decision not to ban or alter the productions illustrates a shift away from the strong‐arm tactics of the 1970s towards less public and more differentiated strategies. These included a marked increase in Stasi surveillance of theatre.

Keywords: Eberhard Esche; Adolf Dresen; Jürgen Gosch; Deutsches Theater; Volksbühne; Biermann

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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