Exiles Traveling

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This volume presents for the first time a study of the interface between exile and travel within the context of exile from Nazi Germany. The nineteen essays share the overarching aim to compare the tropes of travel and exile as generators of a critical discourse and as central categories within German exile, in particular literature, music and film. The essays are guided by powerful questions: How does travel compare to exile, and how much overlap is there between these two categories? How do exiles travel, as practitioners of displacement? Or rather, to what extent does the concept of travel apply to the exilic predicament? Do the terms “exile” and “travel” still have validity in our postmodern era of cosmopolitanism, ever increasing mobility, the embrace of otherness, and tourism? How does exile literature in which travel is thematized compare to the tradition(s) of travel writing? And how are the critical moments of leavetaking, re-membering home, and return imagined and narrated? The essays feature numerous German and Austrian authors, musicians, and filmmakers and lend fresh insights into German Exile and the field of Exile Studies at large.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789042025400
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Johannes Evelein holds a PhD in German Literature from the University at Albany, SUNY and is Associate Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College (Hartford, CT). Among his numerous publications are articles on German Exile, an edition of Kurt Bauchwitz’ Heim-Findungen. Lebensbuch eines Emigranten and a book on August Strindberg und das expressionistische Stationendrama.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Johannes F. EVELEIN: Traveling Exiles, Exilic Travel – Conceptual Encounters
I. Topographies and Chronotopes of Exile
Wulf KOEPKE: On Time and Space in Exile – Past, Present and Future in a No-Man’s Land
Thomas PEKAR: Jüdisches Exil in Ostasien, vor allem in Japan (1933–1945)
Hubert ROLAND: German and Austrian Exile Literature in Belgium (1933–1945). Topography and Perspectives
Henrike WALTER: Fern-Weh. Wolfgang Hildesheimer’s Novels Tynset and Masante as Topographical Reflections of Exile Experience
Donald G. DAVIAU: Paul Zech’s Exotic Travels in South America
Reinhard ANDRESS: The German Exile Experience in Brazil from the Perspective of Arnold van Gennep’s Les rites de passage
Susanne UTSCH: Chronotopoi und Kindheitserinnerung: Europareisen im amerikanischen Exilwerk von Klaus Mann
II. Crossing Borders
Jörg THUNECKE: Definitions of Exile. Unwilling Tourist (1941–1942): Adolf Hoffmeister’s Odyssey into Emigration (1939–1940)
Laura HEINS: Criss-Crossings of Robert Siodmak: The Time and Space of Cinematic Exile
W. Scott HOERLE: The Nazi Envoy: Travel Experiences of the Poet Hans Friedrich Blunck in Great Britain and France, 1935 and 1937
Primavera DRIESSEN GRUBER: Traveltalks in Music. Von Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen zu Eislers Hollywooder Liederbuch und darüber hinaus
Lisa HOOPER: Themes of Exile in the Music and Public and Private Writings of Arnold Schoenberg (1930–1945)
III. Narrating Exilic Travel
Patrick B. FARGES: Transit/Transfer/Transgression: Das Erzählen von “Ent-Ortung” in Anna Seghers’ Erzählungen (1924–1980)
Birgit MAIER-KATKIN: “Kahl und wild wie ein Mondgebirge” – Exile and Mind Travel in Anna Seghers’ The Excursion of the Dead Girls
Helga SCHRECKENBERGER: Aimless Travels: Deromanticizing Exile in Irmgard Keun’s Kind aller Länder (1938)
Margot TAURECK: Exil und Reisen im Geiste – Rudolf Leonhards Traumbuch des Exils
Karina LINDEINER-STRÁSKÝ: “Jetzt stocke ich in zwei Zungen” – The Influence of Exile and Travel on Themes, Language and Literary Style in the Writings of Members of Das Jüngste Deutschland
Jacqueline VANSANT: Involuntary and Voluntary Travel in Egon Schwarz’s Unfreiwillige Wanderjahre and Die japanische Mauer
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