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“The wild east” in contemporary German poetry: Gerald Zschorsch, Kurt Drawert, Brigitte Oleschinski
Egger, Sabine
This article discusses images of a “European” or “Wild” East in German poetry after 1989, specifically the work of Gerald Zschorsch, Kurt Drawert and Brigitte Oleschinski. Do their texts confirm or challenge a dichotomy with a long tradition in German and Western European thought, by juxtaposing “Germany” or “Europe” and this “East”, or by aesthetically transcending such a dichotomy? How do their aesthetics open perspectives on inter- or transcultural movement beyond existing ideas of regional, national and European identities in an increasingly globalized world? Focusing on place, space and movement, the article addresses Centre-Periphery dynamics from a new angle. While there has been a growing body of research on narrative texts in contemporary German “migrant literature” offering transcultural perspectives on ideas of “East” and “West”, poetry – particularly of non-migrant writers – has been largely overlooked here, despite its potential for transcending boundaries through language because of its complex aesthetics.
Keyword(s): Europe; East; Movement; Transcultural; Intercultural; Image; Genre boundaries; Centre/periphery; German poetry
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: Mary Immaculate College
Citation(s): Recommended Citation Egger, Sabine (2016) ""The Wild East" in Contemporary German Poetry: Gerald Zschorsch, Kurt Drawert, Brigitte Oleschinski," CALL: Irish Journal for Culture, Arts, Literature and L
Publisher(s): Arrow (Dublin Institute of Technology/DIT)
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