Prof. Dieter Schlenstedt †

01 Jan 1993 – 31 Dec 1993 guest at the ZfL

Literary scholar

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Dieter Schlenstedt, born on August 30th, 1932 in Blankenburg, died on May 27th, 2012 in Berlin, studied German language and literature from 1951 to 1955 and then worked as a lecturer at the Arbeiter-und-Bauern-Fakultät at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From 1963 to 1966 he was editor of the literary magazine Weimarer Beiträge. From 1966 he was a research associate at the Central Institute for Literary History of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR, where he served as co-editor of the historical dictionary Ästhetische Grundbegriffe, among other functions. In 1991 Schlenstedt was elected the last president of the PEN Centre (East) and subsequently became a member of the PEN Centre Germany. He also held visiting professorships at the University of Siegen, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research Interests

  • Modern German literature in the GDR
  • Literary theory
  • GDR, modernism, and post-modernism

Publications

Selected:

  • “Entwicklungslinien der neueren Literatur in der DDR,” in: Zeitschrift für Germanistik 9 (1988), 5–23
  • “LiterarischesWerk? – Zu Rahmenbestimmungen eines Begriffsfeldes,” in: Zeitschrift für Germanistik 8 (1987) 3, 297–310
  • Egon Kirsch: Leben und Werk. Berlin: Volk und Wissen 1985
  • Wirkungsästhetische Analysen. Poetologie und Prosa in der neueren DDR-Literatur. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 1979
  • Ed.: Funktion der Literatur. Aspekte, Probleme, Aufgaben. Berlin: Akadmie Verlag 1975 (with Brigitte Burmeister, Ilse Idzikowski, Dieter Kliche)