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Tschechisches Lesen der Texte von Heinrich Böll (1956-1989)

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Title in English Czechoslowak reception of texts of Heinrich Böll (1956-1989)


Year of publication 2023
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Education

Description The Czechoslovak reception of (West) German literature was problematic from the beginning due to the cultural and political orientation in communist and socialist Czechoslovakia. It was all the more complicated for the authors of the literary group Gruppe 47, since the socialist censorship often identified additional ideological obstacles. It can be assumed that research into the reception of Group 47 in Czechoslovakia aims to identify and describe in more detail general strategies in literary communication characterized by ideologically motivated censorship and political restrictions on freedom of expression. The aim of the present article is to analyze the paratexts, i.e. forewords, afterwords, commentaries, recensions, criticisms, etc., on the Czechoslovak editions of texts by Heinrich Böll and, on the basis of this analysis, to find out: a) how were these texts received in the Czechoslovak literary environment between 1948 and 1989 and what developmental tendencies can be identified, b) what role did paratexts play in this reception and what strategies were chosen by their authors (translators or literary scholars) to achieve the publication of these texts, often despite the Obstacles to socialist censorship.
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