Christa Wolf: Medea: Stimmen [Medea: Voices] (1687 words)


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 …

Citation: Scott, Claire E.. "Medea: Stimmen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 January 2018 [, accessed 24 June 2021.]

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