Communication Problems in Modern German Drama

Document Type : Research Article


1 Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia

2 Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia.

3 Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.



The article discusses various aspects of the communication problem addressed by contemporary German-speaking playwrights. The development of history led to the fact that at the end of the 20th century, the borders between states were practically erased. The key has become the concept of globalization. Acutely reacting to the problems of modern society, the latest German-language drama reflects, among other things, the problems of the crisis of communication and self-identification that emerged at the turn of the XX-XXI centuries. The main content of the article is an analysis of plays by Swiss authors (“Room for Friends” by A. Jacques and “Yoko-ni” by Eugene), as well as plays “In Emergency” by the German playwright F. Richter. The plays were selected taking into account the fact that the problem of communication is considered in them from different angles. So in the play of F. Richter, a violation of communication within the family comes to the fore (problems of fathers and children, lack of understanding between spouses). The play by Eugene continues this theme, but in a slightly different vein (moving away from reality into virtual space). “Room for Friends” A. Jacques represents communicative failures at the level of intercultural communication. In these plays, the problem of communication is presented from different angles, which makes it possible to assess the scale of this problem.