Unusual censor readings: G.D.R. science fiction and the Ministry of Culture
Major, P. (2010) Unusual censor readings: G.D.R. science fiction and the Ministry of Culture. In: Hochscherf, T., Laucht, C. and Plowman, A. (eds.) Divided, but not disconnected: German experiences of the Cold War. Berghan Books, New York and Oxford, pp. 204-219. ISBN 9781845457518
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Covers the censorship by the Hauptverwaltung Verlage und Buchhandel in the Ministry of Culture of science fiction works in East Germany. These ranged from propaganda pieces supporting the scientific-technological revolution and the progress of socialism, to veiled criticisms of the system. The chapter argues that publishers became dependent on the high sales generated by popular culture, creating a relatively safe space for this genre.
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