A collection of essays by British and German scholars that focuses on the case of post-war Germany, addressing a range of literary texts from East and West Germany, as well as from the post-unification period. It includes the essays that highlight the particular complexities and contradictions of the experience of place in the German case.
List of Illustrations; Foreword by Dr. Karen Seago; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Place in Literature; A Note on Translations - David Clarke, University of Bath; 1. 'Walking and Gazing': Autobiography, Spatiality and Heimat in Hanns-Josef Ortheil's 'Post-War' Cycle - Helmut Schmitz, University of Warwick; 2. Projecting the Heterotopia in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz - Dora Osborne, University of Cambridge; 3. Seeing Strangely: Migration and Gender in the Work of Birgit Vanderbeke - Emily Jeremiah, Royal Holloway, University of London; 4. Berlin as Space and Place in Wolfgang Koeppen's Later Texts - Simon Ward, University of Aberdeen; 5. Berlin: A Topographical Case History - Andrew Webber, University of Cambridge; 6. Landscape as an Interpretational Model: The Function and Tradition of Landscape Imagery in GDR Literature - Thomas Mobius, Humboldt University, Berlin; 7. Paradise Regained: Topographies of the Self in the Prose Fiction of Angela Krauss - Ute Wolfel, University of Reading; 8. Steam Bath and Eloquent Library: Budapest as a Topography of Modernism in Franz Fuhmann's Twenty-two Days or Half a Life - Stephan Krause, Humboldt University; 9. Brandenburg as a 'Spiritual Way of Life'?: Gunter de Bruyn and the Appeal of Living 'off the Beaten Track' - Dennis Tate, University of Bath; 10. In Dialogue with the City: Gert Neumann's Leipzig - David Clarke, University of Bath; 11. 'We Have to Limit Ourselves': Negotiating No Man's Land in Helga Schutz' Novel Border to Yesterday - Juliane Parthier, University of Reading; 12. From a Topography of Hope to a Nightmarish 'Non-Place': Chronotopes in Christa Wolf's 'June Afternoon', 'Unter den Linden' and What Remains - Renate Rechtien, University of Bath; Select Bibliography; Index.