Articles/Essays/Chapters in Books
- Norberg, J. "Late socialism as a narrative problem: Christoph Hein and the limits of the Novella." German Studies Review 38.1Johns Hopkins University Press,
(January, 2015): 63-82.
(last updated on 2020/07/02)
© 2015 by The German Studies Association. Christoph Hein's Der fremde Freund, published in the GDR in 1982, counts as a paradigmatic postwar German novella. While the text announces its genre membership explicitly, it fails, or perhaps refuses, to substantiate fully its initial self-categorization. Indeed, its ambiguous adherence to the premises of this eventfocused genre highlights how the use of a particular generic format to organize narrative material can serve to foreground and conceal, activate and deactivate ideological meanings.