Christa Wolf World Literature Analysis - Essay

Christa Wolf World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Christa Wolf has always resisted labels. When asked in an interview if she was a feminist, she responded that she was not any “ist.” She has remained true to her own ideals and social vision despite drastic and traumatic changes in the political structures around her. This attempt to find a self and remain true to it despite social pressures forms a central theme in her novels.

In The Quest for Christa T., Wolf focuses on the difficulty of achieving an individual identity, what she calls “the difficulty of saying ’I’.” Christa T. grows up during World War II and later in a developing German Democratic Republic (GDR) that stressed conformity. Christa T., however, is an idealist who does not fit into...

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