The Turkish Turn in Contemporary German Literature

The Turkish Turn in Contemporary German Literature : Towards a New Critical Grammar of Migration

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Challenging the commonplace that suspends migrants between two worlds', this study turns a refreshingly curious eye to complex cultural relations and literary novelties wrought by Turkish migration to Germany. At interpretive and historic crossroads involving dialogue and storytelling, genocide and taboo, and capital and labour in the 1990s. This book illuminates far-reaching imaginative effects that literatures of migration can engender. In critical conversation with Arjun Appadurai, Seyla Benhabib, Homi Bhabha, Rey Chow, Andreas Huyssen, Dominick LaCapra, Doris Sommer, and many others, Adelson probes history and aesthetics as surprisingly twinned indices of national and global transformation at the millennial turn.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19.56mm | 500g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 2005 ed.
  • X, 264 p.
  • 1403969132
  • 9781403969132

Table of contents

Towards a New Critical Grammar of Migration Dialogue and Storytelling Genocide and Taboo Capital and Labor Postscript Notes Works Cited Index
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Review Text

"In this imaginative and original study, devoted to the literature of

Turkish migrants in post-1989 Germany, Leslie Adelson shows how

sociological as well as cultural generalizations about "the Turks" and

"the Turkish migrants" are caught in narratives exacerbating otherness.

She pleads for moving beyond the trope of migrant literature "caught

between two worlds" to examine the "touching tales" of intertwinement,

affection and affiliation voiced in this new Turkish literature." - Seyla Benhabib, Yale University
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"In this imaginative and original study, devoted to the literature of


Turkish migrants in post-1989 Germany, Leslie Adelson shows how


sociological as well as cultural generalizations about "the Turks" and



"the Turkish migrants" are caught in narratives exacerbating otherness.


She pleads for moving beyond the trope of migrant literature "caught


between two worlds" to examine the "touching tales" of intertwinement,


affection and affiliation voiced in this new Turkish literature." - Seyla Benhabib, Yale University
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About Leslie A. Adelson

LESLIE A. ADELSON is Professor and Chair of German Studies at Cornell University, USA.
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