Flight of Fantasy: New Perspectives on Inner Emigration in German Literature, 1933-1945

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During the Nazi era many German writers chose, or were forced into, exile. Many others stayed and, after the end of this period, claimed to have retreated into "Inner Emigration". The nature of this kind of emigration and the underlying motives of these writers have been hotly debated to this day. Though the reception of Inner Emigration has often been confounded by disputes over the term itself, the issue is ultimately not a matter of nomenclature, but of more far-reaching issues of literary evaluation, moral discernment and the writing of history. This volume presents, for the first time, to an English-speaking readership the complexity of Inner Emigration through the analysis of problematic individual cases of writers who, under constant pressure from a watchful dictatorship to conform and to collaborate, were caught between conscience and compromise.

Neil H. Donahue is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Hofstra University. Doris Kirchner is Associate Professor of German at the University of Rhode Island.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571810014
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 62.50 (w) x 90.00 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: "Coming to Terms" with the German Past 1
1 Inner Emigration: The Term and Its Origins in Postwar Debates 11
2 In the Thicket of Inner Emigration 27
3 The Young Generation's Non-National Socialist Literature during the Third Reich 46
4 Culture as Simulation: The Third Reich and Postmodernity 82
5 Targeting the Reader, Entering History: A New Epitaph for the Inner Emigration 113
6 Absences of Time and History: Poetry of Inner Emigration 131
7 Depictions of the State in Works of the Inner Emigration 152
8 The Limits on Literary Life in the Third Reich 168
9 Opposition or Opportunism? Gunter Eich's Status as Inner Emigrant 176
10 Conservative Opposition: Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's Antifascist Novel Bockelson: A History of Mass Hysteria 188
11 Luise Rinser's Escape into Inner Emigration 199
12 Survival without Compromise? Reconfiguring the Past in the Works of Hans Werner Richter and Alfred Andersch 211
13 Exile honoris causa: The Image of Erich Kastner among Writers in Exile 223
14 Gunther Weissenborn's Ballad of His Life 235
15 Between Apocalypse and Arcadia: Horst Lange's Visionary Imagination during the Third Reich 248
16 "I mounted resistance, though I hid the fact": Versions of Wolfgang Koeppen's Early Biography 258
17 Elisabeth Langgasser and the Question of Inner Emigration 269
18 The Unsettling History of German Historians in the Third Reich 277
19 State of the Art as Art of the Nazi State: The Limits of Cinematic Resistance 292
Selected Bibliography 305
Index 309
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