Heimat, Loss and Identity: Flight and Expulsion in German Literature from the 1950s to the Present (Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature #2) (Hardcover)

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Heimat, Loss and Identity: Flight and Expulsion in German Literature from the 1950s to the Present (Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature #2) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 2 in the Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature series.

What became of ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe during the Second World War? In recent years, their suffering, flight and expulsion during and after the war has attracted increasing critical attention. A wave of literary fiction has accompanied this trend, contributing to, and sometimes triggering, heated debate in the media and German-speaking society more widely. Often said to have broken a 'taboo', these postunification novels are in fact only the latest in a long history of literary representations of flight and expulsion in German writing.
This book offers the first comprehensive account in English of 'expulsion literature' in West Germany from the early 1950s to present-day Germany, providing detailed readings of both canonical and lesser known texts and carefully placing the novels in their broader literary and historical context. The book demonstrates that these literary representations have often been viewed too narrowly and offers an alternative and, arguably, more positive perspective on the representation of flight and expulsion over six decades in German literature.
Karina Berger holds a PhD in German from the University of Leeds. Her previous publications include Germans as Victims in the Literary Fiction of the Berlin Republic (2009), co-edited with Stuart Taberner.

Product Details ISBN: 9783034317412
ISBN-10: 3034317417
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publis
Publication Date: November 28th, 2014
Pages: 230
Language: English
Series: Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature