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Heimat, space, narrative : toward a transnational approach to flight and expulsion / Friederike Eigler.

By: Eigler, Friederike.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture: Publisher: Woodbridge : Camden House, 2014Description: 1 online resource (226 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781571138927; 1571138927.Subject(s): Homeland in literature | Collective memory in literature | Displacement (Psychology) in literature | Space and time in literature | HeimatfilmeAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Heimat, Space, Narrative.DDC classification: 833/.91409358 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Few words in the German language cause such emotional turmoil in the post-WW II context as Heimat. After the Nazi defeat in 1945, the German borders shifted violently, and ethnic Germans experienced displacement from the Sudetenland, Ukraine, and Poland; of all these, the German-Polish events involved the greatest numbers and the most traumatic dislocations. Günter Grass was the first German to chronicle the shock of expulsion in his 1959 epic novel Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum). Eigler (Georgetown Univ.) considers several East German writers and demonstrates that the pain of separation from one's homeland, Heimat, has not gone away but in fact has staying power into another generation. Horst Bienek's four-volume series continued Grass's journey into the 1970s and 1980s, long enough for those children caught up in the trauma of separation to mature and become writers themselves. None of the next generation writers has yet attained the international reputation of Grass: Christoph Hein, Reinhard Jirgl, Kathrin Schmidt, Tanja Dueckers, et al. work the same geographic soil, family history, Polish-German and Polish-Ukrainian identity. This elegant book provides useful historical and political background to help the literary scholar find a path to understanding. Knowledge of German would be useful, but not essential. --Sol Gittleman, Tufts University

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