Cosmopolitical Claims

Cosmopolitical Claims : Turkish-German Literatures from Nadolny to Pamuk

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When both France and Holland rejected the proposed constitution for the European Union in 2005, the votes reflected popular anxieties about the entry of Turkey into the European Union as much as they did ambivalence over ceding national sovereignty. Indeed, the votes in France and Holland echoed long-standing tensions between Europe and Turkey. If there was any question that tensions were high, the explosive reaction of Europe's Muslim population to a series of cartoons of Mohammed in a Danish newspaper put them to rest. "Cosmopolitical Claims" is a profoundly original study of the works of Sten Nadolny, Emine Sevgi Ozdamar, Feridun Zaimoglu, and 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient Orhan Pamuk. Rather than using the proverbial hyphen in "Turkish-German" to indicate a culture caught between two nations, Venkat Mani is interested in how Turkish-German literature engages in a scrutiny of German and Turkish national identity. Moving deftly from the theoretical literature to the texts themselves, Mani's groundbreaking study explores these conflicts and dialogues and the resulting cultural hybridization as they are expressed in four novels that document the complexity of Turkish-German cultural interactions in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His innovative readings will engage students of contemporary German literature as well as illuminate the discussion of minority literature in a multicultural setting. As Salman Rushdie said in the 2002 Tanner Lecture at Yale, "The frontier is an elusive line, visible and invisible, physical and metaphorical, amoral and moral...To cross a frontier is to be transformed." It is in this vein that Mani's dynamic and subtle work posits a still evolving discourse between Turkish and German more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.9 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • Second.
  • 1587295849
  • 9781587295843
  • 2,388,191

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One of the first books published in the United States to fully explore questions related to Turkish-German literature, "Cosmopolitical Claims "makes a significant contribution to the fields of German studies, comparative literature, postcolonial studies, and minority studies. Rather than focusing on the figure of the Turk in these literary texts, Venkat Mani explores questions of cosmopolitanism, introduces an alternative definition of Turkish-German literature, and calls for reading strategies that are able to capture newly emerging textual practices. Cosmopolitical Claims is instructive for scholarship in other national contexts on so-called minority literature. Kader Konuk, Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan"show more

About B. Venkat Mani

B. Venkat Mani is an assistant professor in the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for German and European Studies, Center for European Studies, the Global Studies Program, and the Program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at UW-Madison. He holds a BA and MA in German studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an MA and PhD in German studies from Stanford more

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