Rewriting Germany from the Margins : Other German Literature of the 1980s and 1990s

Rewriting Germany from the Margins : Other German Literature of the 1980s and 1990s

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  • 言語 ENG,ENG
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  • DDC分類 830.9809048

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The "margins" in Petra Fachinger's work are occupied largely by second-generation migrant writers from Spain, Italy, and Turkey, German Jewish writers of diverse ethnic origins, and writers born in the GDR. She demonstrates that during the 1980s and 1990s writers from various cultural backgrounds engaged in oppositional discourse to construct their own version of Germany and write back to the German canon. While most studies of texts by minority writers in Germany favour content over form, Fachinger focuses on identifying counter-discursive strategies, and applies postcolonial theory concerned with textual resistance to the German situation. In doing so, this study effectively relates marginal writing in Germany to similar forms of writing in other national and cultural contexts. The oppositional impulse, whether manifested in counter-canonical discourse, postcolonial picaresque, hybridity, rewriting of genre, or grotesque realism, is prompted by the exclusionary politics of the dominant culture. The discursive strategies used by the authors discussed to rewrite Germany expose the assumptions that underlie German public discourse and destabilise notions of Germanness, Jewishness, and Turkishness. Fachinger's reading of texts by marginal writers in Germany, all of whom endeavour to resist marginalisation while simultaneously experiencing or even celebrating the margin as a site of empowerment, was motivated by the absence of comparative studies of such writing. "Rewriting Germany from the Margins" demonstrates the necessity and usefulness of comparative approaches to minority discourses across national and cultural borders.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Preface xi
Introduction 3 (16)
Writing Back to Keller and Goethe: Franco 19 (14)
Biondi and Akif Pirincci
(Post)colonial Picaresque: Kerstin Jentzsch 33 (13)
and Thomas Brussig
Re-Placing Language: The Poetry of Zehra 46 (11)
Cirak and Jose Oliver
Rewriting Home: The Border Writing of Barbara 57 (13)
Honigmann and Renan Demirkan
Rewriting Autobiography: Lea Fleischmann and 70 (14)
Richard Chaim Schneider
Rewriting Turkey: Barbara Frischmuth and 84 (14)
Hanne Mede-Flock
Writing Back to Liberal Discourse: Feridun 98 (14)
Zaimoglu's Grotesque Realism
Conclusion 112(5)
Notes 117(28)
Works Cited 145(12)
Index 157