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Peter Rühmkorf, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, eine Polemik. Über Literaturkritik und mediale Öffentlichkeit in der Nachwendezeit

Abstract : The present article focuses on Peter Rühmkorf’s text Ich habe Lust, im weiten Feld. The latter stands as a response to a famous critical piece illustrated with the now notoriously well-known cover of the newspaper Spiegel on which Marcel Reich-Ranicki is shown tearing in two Günter Grass’s post-reunification novel Ein weites Feld (1995). This particular moment is set against the backdrop of heated debates around political, social and identity issues sparked towards the end of the 1980s by what is referred to as the “dispute of German historians”. The polemical relationship between literary critics and politics broached in my essay is a case in point inasmuch as that the events were not limited to drawing lines of divide in the public opinion or in politics and in the media during the period of time after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but this very same dispute actually has become a landmark manifestation of the part played by Marcel Reich-Ranicki in the construction and fostering of such a critical space in German society.
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Stephanie Baumann. Peter Rühmkorf, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, eine Polemik. Über Literaturkritik und mediale Öffentlichkeit in der Nachwendezeit. Germanica, Université de Lille, 2019, 65 (2), pp.79-96. ⟨10.4000/germanica.7806⟩. ⟨hal-03697357⟩

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