Migrants' Literature in Postwar Germany: Trying to Find a Place to Fit in

Migrants' Literature in Postwar Germany: Trying to Find a Place to Fit in

By: Alfred L. Cobbs (author)Hardback

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The question of "identity" and "citizenship" in contemporary German society as a whole has resurfaced as an issue since unification, and the term "multicultural society" has became an important theme in the re-examination of the question of what it means to be "German," not only for citizens of the former FRG and the GDR, and for the newly re-emerging German Jewish community, but also for the foreign migrants who have lived and worked in the FRG since the early 1960s. This study discusses a selection of texts - by and about foreign migrants in the Federal Republic - in which the main characters assert their ethnic or cultural identity and/or oppositional political consciousness against that of the majority culture.

About Author

Alfred L. Cobbs is Associate Professor of German at Wayne State University.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Auslanderpolitik and the Politics of Identity; 2. Migrants' Literature in the Federal Republic and Its Evolution; 3. A Critique of Turkish Economic Reform as Reflected in the Berlin Trilogy Poems by the Writer Aras Oren; 4. The Quest for Self in Akif Pirincci's Quasi-Autobiographical Novel Tranen sind immer das Ende; 5. Alienation, the Antihero, and the Loss of Self in Adalet Agaoglu's Novel Die zarte Rose meiner Sehnsucht; 6. The Themes of Integration, Assimilation, and Cultural Conflict in the Shorter Prose Works of Rafik Schami; 7. Social Integration as Theme: The Satires of Sinasi Dikmen; 8. Refugees and Seekers of Political Asylum in Germany (and Switzerland): The Films Drachenfutter and Reise der Hoffnung, and the Detective Novel Ein Mann, Ein Mord; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773454750
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 204
  • ID: 9780773454750
  • ISBN10: 0773454756

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