‘Das Land, in dem das Proletariat [nur] genannt werden darf': The language of participation in Heiner Müller’s Der Lohndrücker

Michael Wood

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The workers in Heiner Müller’s Der Lohndrücker (1956-57) lack a language with which to discuss their reality and a voice with which to change it. However, the gaps in their language stimulate creative responses from the theatre audience, and thus create the possibility for a participatory democracy to emerge in the auditorium. Previous studies of Der Lohndrücker barely discuss Müller’s language, and therefore pass over its productive capabilities. They also only consider the play in relation to the 1953 Uprising and international matters in 1956, but this article demonstrates the relevance of the GDR’s domestic situation in 1956.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-77
Number of pages18
JournalModern Language Review
Volume109
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Heiner Müller
  • German Democratic Republic (GDR)
  • GDR
  • Theatre
  • Democracy
  • Audience research

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