Zaimoglu is perhaps better known for his debut work Kanak Sprak (1995) and the Kanak Attack movement that it inspired. German Amok continues Zaimoglu's interest in masculinity and in the relationship between subcultures and the mainstream in contemporary German society. It follows an artist narrator through his sardonic and scathing critique of the German arts scene, even as … Continue reading Zaimoglu, Feridun. German Amok (Frankfurt: Fischer, 2002)
In Summer 1994, racial tensions in the small African nation Rwanda reached their peak, resulting in the eventual genocide of the Tutsi by their Hutu neighbours. Bärfuss' text follows the experiences of the Swiss development worker David Hohl, who finds his fate intertwined with that of the tragic events that surround him. Deciding to remain … Continue reading Bärfuss, Lukas, Hundert Tage (2008)
This short story draws on Özdamar's play Karagöz in Alamania (1982), one of the author's first published works, and an important piece of German theatre that premiered in 1986. The story deals with the experiences of 'Gastarbeiter' in Germany, including exploring many of the stereotypes used in depictions of migrants in Germany. Özdamar's linguistic play with idioms makes … Continue reading Özdamar, Emine Sevgi. ‘Karagöz in Alamania’, in Mutterzunge (Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1998)
Khider's fourth novel received a lot of attention in the press - it opens with an immigration worker being tied up and slapped (the 'Ohrfeige' of the title) by Karim, an Iraqi asylum seeker negotiating the German asylum system. Without giving away the novel's twists and turns, it looks closely at ideal or 'hegemonic' forms of … Continue reading Khider, Abbas. Ohrfeige (Munich: Hanser, 2016)
The book explains the emergence, recognition and interpretation of immigrant and ethnic-minority writing in fourteen national contexts, among these Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The texts aim to introduce students to this particular area of study.
An edited collection which can be seen as a milestone in diversifying and decolonising the curriculum in German Studies. Cathy Gelbin, one of the co-editors of the book describes it as follows: "This interdisciplinary anthology is regarded by US and German critics as an essential source text on minoritised women in the German-speaking context. Based … Continue reading Gelbin, Cathy, Kader Konuk and Peggy Piesche (eds.). Aufbrüche. Kulturelle Produktionen von Migrantinnen, Schwarzen und jüdischen Frauen in Deutschland (Königstein: Ulrike Helmer, 1999).
A fiercely intellectual collection exploring the connections between colonialism and contemporary migration in the German context, as well as the issues with transferring postcolonial thought uncritically into the German context. Several essays engage with English-language postcolonial criticism which had recently emerged from Homi K. Bhabha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, while others provide critical genealogies of … Continue reading Steyerl, Hito and Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (eds.) Spricht die Subalterne deutsch? Migration und postkoloniale Kritik. Münster: Unrast, 2003.
Lubinetzki is one of the only Afro-German poetic voices to have come out of the GDR, beginning her career in the Prenzlauerberg Scene of the 1980s before emigrating to the West.
Discussed in Joanna Neilly's blog post.
A though-provoking collection of essays on the position of Islam in Germany by one of its most prominent public intellectuals. Kermani's writing is interesting, nuanced and authoritative - he is not only a practising Muslim but also a respected Islam Studies scholar. These essays serve as an excellent introduction to the topic is Islam in … Continue reading Kermani, Navid, Wer ist Wir: Deutschland und seine Muslime (Munich: CH Beck, 2009)