Challenging censorship through creativity: responses to the ban on Sputnik in the GDR

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Abstract

In 1988, Erich Honecker’s decision to ban the Soviet magazine Sputnik sent shockwaves through the GDR. Reiner Bredemeyer set the announcement of the ban to music in ‘Post – modern’, using musical quotations to provide a critical commentary. Meanwhile, Kito Lorenc took the ban as the starting point for his Kleiner Weggefährte durch den Winter. This cycle of poems trains the reader to dissect and subvert GDR media discourse, and it culminates in an act of literary cannibalism against Honecker. These challenges to censorship point to the emergence ofa culture of creative protest, which advertised dissent and lowered resistance to its expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-538
JournalModern Language Review
Volume108
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Sputnik
  • Bredemeyer
  • Lorenc
  • censorship
  • GDR

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