Keeping the Public Sphere Public: Problematizing Censorship in the Former German Democratic Republic for American University Students

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This article discusses keeping the public sphere public and problematizing censorship in the former German Democratic Republic for American University students.

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Costabile-Heming, Carol Anne 1998.

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Abstract: This essay addresses the need for individual disciplines and university instruction to contribute to the development of citizenship. It outlines the history of censorship in the former German Democratic Republic and presents my ideas for presenting the public affairs issue of censorship in the context of a German literature class. Because the public sphere is understood differently in democratic and Marxist societies, it is necessary for the students to draw comparisons. By discussing the various censoring mechanisms that the former German Democratic Republic employed, students gain a greater understanding for the democratic privilege of free speech. In contrasting a tightly controlled society with their own democratic backgrounds, students learn the importance of participating in the democratic process.

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  • Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) Journal of Public Affairs, 1998, Springfield: Southwest Missouri State University, pp. 117-130

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  • Publication Title: Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) Journal of Public Affairs
  • Page Start: 117
  • Page End: 130
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Costabile-Heming, Carol Anne. Keeping the Public Sphere Public: Problematizing Censorship in the Former German Democratic Republic for American University Students, article, 1998; [Springfield, Missouri]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc725810/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.