Christa Wolf (3283 words)

Muriel Cormican (State University of West Georgia )
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Christa Wolf's literary career began and flourished in the GDR where she was more often out of than in favor after 1965 and, after an initial low point, continues to flourish in reunified Germany. Her writing is about negotiation, coming to terms with contradictions, dealing with the unavoidable disappointments that follow any idealistic engagement, and about human beings with ideals living in a world that demands compromises. It is about working toward a personal sense of integrity that takes into account but is not beholden to external notions of justice. She continues to work on being a public intellectual in a western world in which the public intellectual has often been relegated to the margins of public discourse by the media. …

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Cormican, Muriel. "Christa Wolf". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2006
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