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Cooperation and Conflict: GDR Theatre Censorship, 1961-1989

Laura Bradley


Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the authorities in the German Democratic Republic always denied that they practised censorship. Their denial had a major impact on the language and experience of theatre censorship. It left theatre practitioners doubly exposed: they remained officially responsible for their productions, even if the productions had passed pre‐performance controls. In the absence of a fixed set of criteria, cultural functionaries had to make difficult judgements about which plays and productions to allow, and where to draw the line between constructive criticism and subv ... More

Keywords: German Democratic Republic, censorship, GDR theatre, Stasi, GDR culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Bradley, author
Lecturer in German, University of Edinburgh