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„Die Welt ist rund“. Transnationale Schreibweisen in der zeitgenössischen Migrationsliteratur (Marija Rybakova, Julya Rabinowich)
“The earth is round”. Transnational Narratives in Contemporary Migrant Literature

Author(s): Eva Hausbacher
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Slovanský ústav Akademie věd ČR, v. v. i. and Euroslavica

Summary/Abstract: Based on theoretical models adopted from Postcolonial Studies, this study outlines a poetics of migration literature that sets it apart from the tradition of Russian emigration literature. Taking into account recent prose narratives by contemporary writers born in Russia but with a migration background (Marija RYBAKOVA, Julya RABINOWICH), it demonstrates that intercultural constellations are not only a central theme of these texts but an aesthetic principle that dominates all levels of the writing. The newly created marginal and transitional spaces become the very centres of creative innovation, where a cultural hybridization of the opposite poles East and West can be reached. Migrant experiences and transcultural existences open up new literary spaces for cultural and political self-reflection that transcend the narrow horizon of a self-enclosed national literature and create a new “world literature”.

  • Issue Year: XXI/2010
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 27-42
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: German