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“Neider überall zwingen uns zu gerechter Verteidigung” – Legitimisation and De-Legitimisation of World War I in German Dramatic Literature.

posted on 2020-03-23, 03:37 authored by ANDREAS SIMON DORRER
This thesis explores German WWI plays and playwrights and thereby manages to bridge a gap in the academic engagement with German WWI literature. It contains a large number of forgotten plays that had not yet been studied and provides an analysis of the most important discourses established within these texts. By comparing them with well-known plays from the 1920s and 1930s, this thesis manages to demonstrate their significance for the literary and cultural historic representation of WWI in Germany and thereby contributes ground-breaking work enabling further research into a variety of aspects related to German WWI literature.


Principal supervisor

Franz-josef Deiters

Additional supervisor 1

Christiane Weller

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Arts