Alfred narrates the story of his relationship with Jenni, the mixed-race daughter of a plantation owner and a local woman who was brought from her native St Croix to Germany and lived with Alfred’s family when they were children. Alfred in love with his former playmate, and claims to be blind to her race, but … Continue reading Storm, Theodor. ‘Von Jenseit des Meeres’ (1865)
Fontane, Theodor. Effi Briest (1895)
Useful for discussing German expansionism in Eastern Europe and the figure of the Slav as other. Discussed in Karolina Wątroba’s blog post.
Kopp, Kristin. Germany’s Wild East: Constructing Poland as Colonial Space (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012)
Discussed in Karolina Wątroba's blog post.
Kontje, Todd. Imperial Fictions: German Literature Before and Beyond the Nation-State (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018)
Discussed in Karolina Wątroba’s blog post.
Kermani, Navid. Entlang den Gräbern. Eine Reise durch das östliche Europa bis nach Isfahan (Munich: Beck, 2018)
Mentioned in Karolina Wątroba's blog post.
Conrad, Sebastian. Deutsche Kolonialgeschichte. 4th Edition (Munich: Beck, 2019)
Also available in Sorcha O’Hagan’s translation as German Colonialism: A Short History (Cambridge: CUP, 2012); mentioned in Karolina Wątroba's blog post.
Petrowskaja, Katja, Vielleicht Esther (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2014)
Petrowskaja's novel is a highly accessible exploration of the dynamics of cultural memory. The text's autobiographical narrator traces the history of her Jewish family in Eastern Europe, reflecting particularly on the 1941 Babi Yar Massacre and its legacy in personal and collective forms of memory. The narrator portrays Petrowskaja's own encounters with historical archives and … Continue reading Petrowskaja, Katja, Vielleicht Esther (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2014)
Sulzer, Alain Claude. Aus den Fugen: Roman (Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2012)
The Swiss writer Sulzer's novel Aus den Fugen focuses around a performance by a concert pianist of Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' sonata that breaks off midway. Refusing the drive to resolution that musicologists have described in Beethoven's music, the novel also shows characters' identities and relationships being challenged and reformulated around this moment of musical incompletion. Its interest … Continue reading Sulzer, Alain Claude. Aus den Fugen: Roman (Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2012)
Akın, Fatih (dir.). Im Juli (Universum, 2000)
Fatih Akın's second major film is a road movie that takes its protagonists across Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe from Germany to Turkey, as the naive, lovestruck Daniel goes in search of Melek, a woman he met at a party and is convinced is 'the one'. The film explores the myths and fantasies associated with Easternness … Continue reading Akın, Fatih (dir.). Im Juli (Universum, 2000)