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Transnationalism and German-Language Literature in the Twenty-First Century

  • Discusses timely and fresh topics about German-language texts, including transnationalism, mobility, and xenophobia

  • Explores a wide range of minority and nonminority writers from across Europe, including Terézia Mora, Richard Wagner, and Olga Grjasnowa

  • Geared towards not only scholars of literature but also politics, sociology, and cultural studies.


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Stuart Taberner
    Pages 1-5
  3. Stuart Taberner
    Pages 7-50
  4. Stuart Taberner
    Pages 99-139
  5. Stuart Taberner
    Pages 141-184
  6. Stuart Taberner
    Pages 185-231
  7. Stuart Taberner
    Pages 233-284
  8. Stuart Taberner
    Pages 285-309
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 311-361

About this book


This book examines how German-language authors have intervened in contemporary debates on the obligation to extend hospitality to asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants; the terrorist threat post-9/11; globalisation and neo-liberalism; the opportunities and anxieties of intensified mobility across borders; and whether transnationalism necessarily implies the end of the nation state and the dawn of a new cosmopolitanism. The book proceeds through a series of close readings of key texts of the last twenty years, with an emphasis on the most recent works. Authors  include Terézia Mora, Richard Wagner, Olga Grjasnowa, Marlene Streeruwitz, Vladimir Vertlib, Navid Kermani, Felicitas Hoppe, Daniel Kehlmann, Ilija Trojanow, Christian Kracht, and Christa Wolf, representing the diversity of contemporary German-language writing. Through a careful process of juxtaposition and differentiation, the individual chapters demonstrate that writers of both minority and nonminority backgrounds address transnationalism in ways that certainly vary but which also often overlap in surprising ways.


German-Language Literature Contemporary Literature European Literature Transnationalism Twenty-First Century

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Languages, Cultures and SocietiesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Stuart Taberner is Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Thought and Society at the University of Leeds, UK. He is also Research Associate in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch; German and French, University of the Free State, South Africa.

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