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To write this non-fiction work about life in the former East Germany, Anna Funder interviewed former Stasi officers and the people they surveilled. Described in the National Library of Australia record as 'A book of travel, history and biography that reads like a documentary novel,' Stasiland takes 'a deliberately subjective and "literary" approach' to its material with an 'emphasis on a sympathetic authorial persona as the source of the reader's perspective' (Susan Lever 'The Crimes of the Past: Anna Funder's Stasiland and Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation'. Paper delivered at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) conference 2006).

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 11 (English Unit 1 and Unit 2)

Themes

change, how literature plays witness to history, identity, interplay of authority and identity, Power, rebellion, time

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social

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Notes

  • Originally submitted as a Thesis (M.A.)--University of Melbourne, Dept. of English and Cultural Studies, 2002.
  • Dedication: For Craig Allchin.
  • Reading Group Guide available through the Text Publishing website.

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    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2002 .
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    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2003 .
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      Reprinted: 2004 , 2005
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      Granta ,
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      ISBN: 1862075808 (pbk.)
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      HarperCollins (United States) ,
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      • Publication date 21 September 2011
      ISBN: 9780062077325
Language: Dutch
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      Ambo/Anthos ,
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      Extent: 319p.
      ISBN: 9789025436377

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Works about this Work

Stasiland Now Anna Funder , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , December/January no. 162 2019; (p. 24-38)
'Sometimes a mistake can be so big that it is invisible to you. This is the kind of mistake that might underpin a project, like Stasiland. Or it might be the kind that underpins a life, like those of the Stasi men.' (Introduction)
The Flâneur as a Motif of Timelessness in Auto / Biography Kerrie Davies , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , April vol. 23 no. 1 2019;

'Prior to writing A Wife’s Heart (Davies 2017), I did not see myself as a flâneur. I walked in public spaces, but I often hurried rather than strolled. When I did slow, I found myself having spontaneous conversations with strangers. A flâneur seemed too leisurely an observer of the crowd; too detached. An exegetical examination of my work, however, together with a historical understanding of the flâneur, led to the realisation that flánerie was a motif integral to my writing process, and to creating a narrative of timelessness over a century of divorce and single parenting. My moments of flânerie, punctuated with engagement among the crowd, also change the dynamics of the flâneur to a dialogic and empathetic experience. A similar flânerie is evident in the auto / biography Stasiland (Funder 2002), which explores the pervasive presence of East German history after Germany’s reunification. I suggest that the fluid mindset of a flâneur suits the writer on a quest (Marr 2016-2017), augmenting specific interview, archival and site research practices with sensory awareness and a dialogic empathy in such auto / biographical works. I further argue that the slash between the auto and biography is dissolved via the flâneur becoming a motif of timelessness.'  (Publication abstract)

The Vessel and the Trace in Anna Funder's Stasiland Amy Mead , Amy T. Matthews , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 31 no. 1 2017; (p. 119-132)

'Mobilizing Jacques Derrida's concept of the "trace" and Funder's reference to trains in the text, we position Funder as a moving vessel, traversing geographies (both physical and psychological) as she seeks to contain memory. Since the initial publication of Stasiland in 2002, it has attracted a great deal of praise and aroused some controversy. Funder tells the story of East Germans affected by the Ministry for State Security, commonly known as the Stasi (an acronym for the German Staatssicherheit), effectively the "secret police" wing of the GDR government, an organization whose name has become shorthand for an insidious, totalitarian form of surveillance and punishment (Grieder xvii ). Funder speaks with the harassed and the harassers, years after the reunification of Germany, immersing herself within the narrative, creating a work that is equally about the lives of Germans as it is about Funder's experience: her day-to-day life in the country researching the text and her writing process. Brison suggests in her work that when "trauma narratives" are "witnessed," or listened to, they become "speech acts of memory," which work as "re-making the self' (39). [...]these fictions that have previously been destructive to one's psyche can be reworked and effectively reclaimed:'  (Publication abstract)

Behind the Wall, through Australian Eyes : Anna Funder's Stasiland Leah Gerber , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic : Reading through the Iron Curtain 2016; (p. 221-238)
Australian Writers Anna Funder and David Sornig Cross Berlin Borders Gay Lynch , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Border Crossings 2016; (p. 153-166)

'To understand their characters' border crossings - historical, transnational, personal, physical and generic - Australian writers, Anna Funder and David Sornig researched their Berlin settings in situ, in literature and through writing praxis. Berlin crossings can be mapped from East to West and ideologically from left to right, through traumatic national history, biographies and authorial backstories.' (Introduction)

Behind the Wall: Insights into a Bizarre Place Mark Thomas , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 June 2004; (p. 2a)

— Review of Stasiland Anna Funder , 2002 single work non-fiction
Fact and Fiction H. E. , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Limelight , October 2003; (p. 65)

— Review of Stasiland Anna Funder , 2002 single work non-fiction ; Something Fishy Shane Maloney , 2002 single work novel
Stasiland : Beyond the Berlin Wall Radha O'Meara , 2002 single work essay
— Appears in: Arts Alumni News , December 2002; (p. 3, 8)
Anna Funder speaks about the writing of her book on East Germany,Stasiland.
Sitting in the Driver's Seat of Biography Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 April 2003; (p. 10)
Silent Fury For Author who Lifted Stones of Germany's Past Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 June 2004; (p. 13)
Stasiland Takes Top British Literary Prize Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 June 2004; (p. 15)
Award Winner Can't Believe Her Luck Ben English , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 July 2004; (p. 52)
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Subjects:
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990), Western Europe, Europe,
Settings:
  • East Berlin, Berlin,
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    Germany,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Berlin,
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    Germany,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990), Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1949-1990
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