Exiles and Migrants: Crossing Thresholds in European Culture and Society

Exiles and Migrants: Crossing Thresholds in European Culture and Society

by T Coulson


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The situation of exiles and migrants stands at the crux of the existential, as well as economic-political internationalism of the 20th century. This collection of essays begins by tracing the fundamental presuppositions of socio-cultural encounters arising out of migration in the 17th to 19th centuries. Next, the 20th-century experience of cultural and personal identity faced by those who chose, or were compelled, to leave behind family, homeland, mode of life, and perhaps even language, is explored. Major literary and conematic representations of cross-cultural contact and exchange in modern Europe and its (ex-)colonies are considered, including the relationship between European societies and their new ethnic minorities. Major inter-cultural encounters characteristic of 19th and 20th century Europe are tackled, including the post-colonial relationship between European societies and their new ethnic minorities, in which the descendants of Empire and the new subjects of European economic expansion struggle to find their voice. Finally, a close look is given to the specific role of the writer and text in a society of intercultural pluralism, where language itself becomes and eploration of possible voices and identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781898723691
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 11/01/1997
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Part IDemarcation and Assimilation: Socio-Cultural Encounters in the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries
1A Frank in the Ottoman Empire: the Case of the Chevalier d'Arvieux23
2Voloumous deamboulare: the Wandering Irish in French Literature, 1600-178932
3Between Exile and Assimilation: Languages and Identity in German-Jewish Texts around 184843
Part IIEurope's Homeless: A Century of Exile
4Land of the Fair, Land of the Free? The Myth of America in Irish Folklore57
5From George Moore to Brian Moore: Irish Writers making a Fetish of Exile72
6Enlightened Humanism Defeated: German Writers, Writings and Ideas in Exile, 1933-4183
7Klaus Mann's Novel The Volcano - a Document of German Emigration after 193391
8'There is no history here': Marguerite Yourcenar's American Exile101
9Varieties of Exile: Stefan Schutz's Novel Katt111
Part IIIEurope and its Other: The Colonial Legacy and Ethnicity
10Things Fall Apart: the Portrayal of African Identity in Joyce Cary's Mister Johnson and Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease125
11The Dialogue of Exile: Cheikh Hamidou Kane's L'Aventure ambigue136
12Three Generations of Francophone North African Writers in Exile: Driss Chraibi, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Mehdi Charef144
13Images of Difference: The Portrayal of Ethnic Minorities in German Cinema since Fassbinder154
Part IVIssues of Language and Identity: The Text as Location and Mediation
14Stotious boats: Exile in Irish Translations of Rimbaud's Bateau ivre175
15Julien Green: Expatrie et Sudiste185
17On Locating the Narrative Voice in Intercultural Literature: Franco Biondi's Die Unversohnlichen193
17J.-M. G. Le Clezio, Writer of Exile. A Treatment of Childhood and Exile in Desert and Etoile Errante201
18Language and Culture Crossing: the Ethnographic Bridge212
The Contributors223

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