The Germanic Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society

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This is a comprehensive and up-to-date critical examination of cultural diversity in Germanic-speaking societies. It goes beyond ethnic, religious, and gender stereotypes to show minority groups as active participants in German history rather than as passive victims. This collection of critical and theoretical essays seeks to interpret the current philosophical, aesthetic, and literary thinking about diversity in literature and language.

The book is divided into four parts: literary analyses of works produced by members of minority populations, linguistic discussions and case studies of minority groups, structures and strategies of discourse and prejudice, and studies of remedies for problems of racism and discrimination. Some of the most significant writers and thinkers in the field have contributed, making this volume of critical concern to scholars and students of German, modern languages, and comparative studies.

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CAROL AISHA BLACKSHIRE-BELAY is Director of the International Afro-German Network and teaches Germanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies at Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Germanic-Speaking Societies by Carol Aisha Blackshire-Belay

Literary Analysis: Motifs and Reflective Designs

Die Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr: Romantic Perspectives on "Us" and "Them" by Christopher R. Clason

Work and Freedom in the Minority Community: Ferdinano von Saar's Die Troglodytin by Virginia L. Lewis

"Libuse's Success and Francine's Bitterness": Libuse Monikova's and Her Protagonist in Pavane fur eine verstorbene Infantin by Jozef A. Modzelewski

Recent Romanian-German Poetry: Bossert, Hodjak, Modoi, Britz by Fritz H. Konig

Orchids and Mother Tongues: Telling Turkish-German Stories by Patricia Anne Simpson

"Wir haben ihnen Romanautoren gesandt": Aras Oren's Eine verspatete Abrechnung and Guney Dal's Der enthaarte Affe by Susan Kassouf

Revisionary Revelations: Women and Self-Worth in Two West German Short Stories by Lisa Tyler

A Burning Issue: Isolde's Oath in Its Historical Context by Vickie Ziegler

Linguistic Portrayals: Assessment and Prognosis

Languages and Peoples in Contact: Early Germanic and Early Finnic by Thomas W. Juntune

Linguistic Aspects of the Romanian-Saxon Contact in Transylvania by Adrian Poruciuc

Migration and Bilingualism by Ulrich Steinmuller

Language, Literature, and the Question of Cultural Identity: Problems of the German-Swiss by Romey Sabalius

The Disruption of a Triglossic Situation as a Motivating Factor for Language Death: The Case of Western Yiddish by Kerstin Hoge

A Demographic Perspective on the Shift from Irish to English by Terence Odlin

Gastarberiterdeutsch, "Foreign Workers' German": AnIndustrial Pidgin by Glen G. Gilbert and Pavlos Pavlou

Marginal Linguistic Existence: The Case of an Italian Woman by Carol Aisha Blackshire-Belay

Cultural and Political Perspectives: Contemporary and Historical Realities

Reflections on the "Political" Scholar by Peter O'Brien

Language Policy for a Post-Apartheid South Africa: Models and Questions by Gudrun Oberprieler

Cultural Complementarities in Frischmuth's Turkish Novel by Peter Hertz-Ohmes

Icelandic Literature: A Historical Luxury? by Aitor Yraola

"History Presupposes Memory": The Diverse Discourse on Connectedness by Ingo Roland Stoehr

Narrative Strategies as Cultural Vehicles: On Rafik Schami's Novel Erzahler der Nacht by Iman O. Khalil

The Stories of Rafik Schami as Reflections of His Psychopolitical Program by Donna Kinerney

Discourse, Structures, and Strategies: The Problem of Prejudice and Perception

German Literature by Female Foreigners by Irmgard Ackermann

The Encounter with the Other World: Andre Kaminski's Search for the Jewish Past by Albrecht Classen

Fanny Lewald and Judaism: The Writer, the Woman, the Prussian, the Jew by Hanna B. Lewis

German-Writing Authors in Israel by Margarita Pazi

Alaska-Trip: Exported GDR Anti-Semitism by Victoria Joan Moessner

The Construction of Homosexuality in National Socialist Germany by Robert Vocca

Homosexual Identity (Misin)Formation in Hesse's Demian by Patrick J. Gignac

Suggestions for Further Reading


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