IN SEARCH OF A NEW SELF-IDENTIFICATION. ON THE BASIS OF AN ANALYSIS OF GERMAN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL LITERATURE AFTER THE BREAKTHROUGH (Poszukiwanie nowego samookreslenia. Na podstawie analizy autobiograficznej literatury niemieckiej po przelomie)
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Despite a twenty-year span since the historical and political breakthrough of 1989/1990 which led to a reunification of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, reception of the new socio-political situation invariably belongs to the most frequently recurring themes in post-reunification German literature. The article brings a compact analysis of the process of transformation in the sphere of identity and mentality in the society of a united Germany, based on an examination of the mirroring of those phenomena in German autobiographical literature after the 'breakthrough'. The question whether the processes and developments connected with the reunification of the two German states are depicted in the newest German literature is often asked in numerous public debates. From the perspective of literary studies it is interesting to investigate not merely the fact whether the newest German literature mirrors those events, but also the mode of their exploration in aesthetic and literary reflection.
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