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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Horton, Aaron Dennis
Author's Email Address greatsasuke88@hotmail.com
URN etd-04042011-181700
Title The Long Road Home: Alfred Andersch, Hans Werner Richter, and the German Search for Meaning in Catastrophe
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lindenfeld, David Committee Chair
Culbert, David Committee Member
DiNapoli, Thomas Committee Member
Marchand, Suzanne Committee Member
Zerba, Michelle Dean's Representative
  • POWs
  • postwar literature
  • Group 47
  • prisoners of war
  • Der Ruf
  • reeducation
Date of Defense 2011-03-24
Availability unrestricted
The primary subjects of this dissertation are the post-World War II German authors Alfred Andersch and Hans Werner Richter. Drawing from a mixture of the authors’ writings and previously-researched as well as new archival sources, this study will examine their roles as editors of the U.S. Army-sponsored POW newspaper Der Ruf, as founders of the postwar West German journal, also titled Der Ruf, and, most famously, as founding members of the influential postwar West German literary circle Group 47. Each of these developments led directly to the next, and this study will explore the various processes that linked them together. Existing studies have offered various interpretations, ranging from the belief that the authors’ time in America strongly impacted their development as writers to claims that their later careers were strongly informed by desires to distance themselves from accusations of “collaboration.” Most works tend either toward an exclusively historical or literary focus, but this study seeks to unite previously disconnected areas of scholarship in order to arrive at a more complete understanding of the authors’ roles in the emergence of post-World War II West German literature.
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