“The Eastern European Turn in Contemporary German-Language Literature”

Edited by Brigid Haines and Anca Luca Holden

Completed research articles are requested on the subject of contemporary German-language literature by authors from and/or of Eastern European background for a proposed Special Issue of German Life and Letters, to appear in 2014/15.

While significant attention has been given to literature in German written 'under the sign of Turkish presence', (Leslie Adelson, The Turkish Turn in Contemporary German Literature), recent fiction in German by writers from Eastern Europe is making a significant contribution to 'transforming German literatures from within and contributing to a post-Cold War remapping of Europe', (Brigid Haines, 'The Eastern Turn in Contemporary German Swiss and Austrian Literature', 2008). While the majority of recent winners of the Chamisso Preis for 'deutsch schreibende Autoren nichtdeutscher Muttersprache' have belonged to this category, the award of this year's Büchner Prize to Sybille Lewitscharoff, of the Schweizer Buchpreis in 2011 to Catalin Dorian Florescu and of the Deutscher Buchpreis in 2010 to Melinda Nadj Abonji indicates their increasingly mainstream position. Writers such as Terézia Mora, Saša Stanišić and Ilija Trojanow have wide international readerships, while others such as Wladimir Kaminer and Richard Wagner are sought after as commentators on the German and European cultural and political scene. This volume aims to break new ground in mapping this important area. As well as articles on individual authors, wider topics could include:

• 'German' and 'European' cultural identity

•  transnationalism

• post-communist transformations of Eastern and Western Europe

• cultural memory

• (im)migration

• travel

• space

• mobility

• globalization

• language

New theoretical approaches to these and other topics are welcome.

Completed articles in English of approximately 7-8000 words should be sent to both Brigid Haines [log in to unmask] and Anca Luca Holden [log in to unmask] by November 30, 2013.


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