'Re-reading East Germany’: The Literature and Film of the GDR


Thurs 24 March 2011 : McGregor Matthews Room*

11am Registration and coffee - JCR
11.30am The GDR: An Overview
Wolfgang Emmerich, University of Bremen
12.15pm Resurrected from the Ruins: The Emergence of GDR Culture
Stephen Brockmann, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh
1pm Lunch (Hall)
2.00pm DEFA’s Anti-fascist Myths and the Construction of National Identity in East German Cinema
Seán Allan, University of Warwick
2.45pm From ‘Faust Part 3’ to ‘Germania 3’: Drama in the GDR
Holger Teschke, Berlin and Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts
3.30pm tea (JCR)
4pm Autobiographical Writing in the GDR Era
Dennis Tate, University of Bath
4.45pm Gender in GDR Literature
Georgina Paul, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
5.30pm-6pm short break
6pm Durs Grünbein and Michael Eskin: Reading and Discussion (Long Room)*
7.30pm Champagne Reception to launch Durs Grünbein,
The Vocation of Poetry, trans. by Michael Eskin, Upper West Side Philosophers Press, Inc. 2011 (Long Room) *
8pm Conference Dinner (Founders Library)

College Bar open until Midnight.

* Unfortunately, owing to the nature of the buildings, the McGregor Matthews Room and the Long Room have no wheelchair access.

Fri 25th March 2011 : McGregor Matthews Room*

8-9am Breakfast (Hall)
9.15am Negotiating the Politics of Satire: Satirical Novels in the GDR and Beyond
Jill Twark, East Carolina University, NC
10am Oktoberfilm introduced by Durs Grünbein (+ discussion)
11am coffee (JCR)
11.30am Power of the Word: Poetry and Politics in the GDR
Gerrit-Jan Berendse, University of Cardiff
12.15pm Tinker, Tailor, Writer, Spy: Literature and the Stasi
Alison Lewis, University of Melbourne
1pm Lunch (Hall)
2pm Intellectuals and the Wende: Missed Opportunities and Dashed Hopes
Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Northern Kentucky University
2.45pm Spectres of the GDR: Remembering the GDR Twenty Years On.
Karen Leeder, New College, Oxford
3.30pm Conference Concludes