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Amanda - PhD topic
Name: Amanda
PhD discipline: German Literature
Area(s) of work: Diplomacy (foreign and commonwealth office)
Year of graduation: 2001
Date of Interview: 03/06/2008

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It was essentially looking at narratives of the Wende which is the name given to the period of unification 1989-90 and it was looking at German literature after that period, so in the 1990s how it looked at the issue of unification and how that theme was portrayed in literary works, primarily by East German authors. So it was looking at which aspects of the wall coming down they chose to use in their literature and how they used those themes, the bits of event that they talked about and whether they used it in a comical context or dramatical and what the themes were associated with unification in literature.

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