London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.
Book — 263 pages ; 24 cm
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on the Text Introduction Collaboration and the Problem of Sovereign Subjectivity
The Psychic Life of Collaboration: Monika Maron's Stille Zeile Sechs
Mapping the Topography of Surveillance in Wolfgang Hilbig's "Ich" and Kerstin Hensel's Tanz Am Kanal
Collaboration as Collapse in the Stasi Files and Life Writing of Monika Maron and Christa Wolf
Prison/Writing: The Subject of the Stasi Archive
Animals and the Limits of Sovereignty in the Writing of Unified Germany
Capitalist Complicity in Wolfgang Hilbig's Last Prose Works
After the Stasi: Complicity and Cooperation Bibliography Index.
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Why did so many citizens of the GDR agree to collaborate with the Stasi? Reading works of literature since German unification in the light of previously unseen files from the archives of the Stasi, After the Stasi uncovers how writers to the present day have explored collaboration as a challenge to the sovereignty of subjectivity. Annie Ring here interweaves close analysis of literary fiction and life-writing by former Stasi spies and victims with documents from the archive, new readings from literary modernism and cultural theories of the self. In its pursuit of the strange power of the Stasi, the book introduces an archetypal character in the writing of German unification: one who is not sovereign over her or his actions, but instead is compelled by an imperative to collaborate - an imperative that persists in new forms in the post-Cold War age. Ring's study identifies a monumental historical shift after 1989, from a collaboration that took place in concert with others, in a manner that could be recorded in the archive, to the more isolated and ultimately less accountable complicities of the capitalist present. While considering this shift in the most recent texts by East German writers, Ring provocatively suggests that their accounts of collaboration under the Stasi, and of the less-than-sovereign subjectivity to which it attests, remain urgent for understanding the complicities to which we continue to consent in the present day. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781472567604 20160619
As a child, Inga Markovits dreamt of stealing and reading every letter contained in a mailbox at a busy intersection of her town in order to learn what life is all about. When, decades later, working as a legal historian, she tracked down the almost complete archive of a former East German trial court, she knew that she had finally found her mailbox. Combining her work in this extraordinary archive with interviews of former plaintiffs and defendants, judges and prosecutors, government and party functionaries, and Stasi collaborators, all in the little town she calls "Lritz, " Markovits has written a remarkable grassroots history of a legal system that set out with the utopian hopes of a few and ended in the anger and disappointment of the many. This is a story of ordinary men and women who experienced Socialist law firsthand--people who applied and used the law, trusted and resented it, manipulated and broke it, and feared and opposed it, but who all dealt with it in ways that help us understand what it meant to be a citizen in a twentieth-century Socialist state, what "Socialist justice" aimed to do, and how, in the end, it failed. Brimming with human stories of obedience and resistance, endurance and cunning, and cruelty and grief, Justice in Lritz is ultimately a book about much more than the law, or Socialism, or East Germany. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780691143484 20160604