Cibulka (1920–2004), who was director of the Heinrich Heine Library in Gotha from 1953 to 1985, is one of the most idiosyncratic figures in GDR literature. His critical conservatism aroused offence in the GDR, although paradigms such as mission, censorship and dissidence did him only limited justice. At the same time, his subjects (landscape) and his writing forms (letter and diary prose, poems, pastiche, miniature and fragment) are situated in literary historical contexts of the Classic, Romantic and Modern eras, which point beyond the horizon of GDR literature.
Stephan Pabst has been working at the German Institute of German Studies at Martin Luther University Halle (Saale) since 2019 as part of a Heisenberg scholarship funded by the German Research Foundation. He has worked on the literary history of physiognomy, the emergence of modern authorship, European camp literature and contemporary literature. Since 2017 Jan Röhnert has been professor for newer and newest literature in the technical-scientific world at the Institute for German Studies at the TU Braunschweig. His work focuses on poetry and poetics of modernity, avant-garde, post-war and contemporary literature.
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