Christa Wolf, Medea: Stimmen [Medea: Voices]

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In her novel

Medea. Stimmen

(1996; lit.

Medea. Voices

; Eng. trans.

Medea. A Modern Retelling

, 1998) Christa Wolf confronts her legacy as an East German author after German reunification.

Medea. Stimmen

is the first book published by Wolf after it was revealed that from 1959-1962 she had served as an informant for the Stasi (the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic). Therefore, most reviews of this novel interpret it as Wolf’s attempt to redeem herself, justify her past behavior, and come to terms with German reunification, which had taken place only six years prior. Although the two texts are very different in form and content,

Medea. Stimmen

is also frequently discussed alongside Wolf’s earlier novel


(1983) as another example of her feminist…

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Citation: Scott, Claire E.. "Medea: Stimmen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 January 2018 [, accessed 18 July 2024.]

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