This book examines how German-language authors have intervened in contemporary debates on the obligation to extend hospitality to asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants; the terrorist threat post-9/11; globalisation and neo-liberalism; the opportunities and anxieties of intensified mobility across borders; and whether transnationalism necessarily implies the end of the nation state and the dawn of a new cosmopolitanism. The book proceeds through a series of close readings of key texts of the last twenty years, with an emphasis on the most recent works. Authors include Terézia Mora, Richard Wagner, Olga Grjasnowa, Marlene Streeruwitz, Vladimir Vertlib, Navid Kermani, Felicitas Hoppe, Daniel Kehlmann, Ilija Trojanow, Christian Kracht, and Christa Wolf, representing the diversity of contemporary German-language writing. Through a careful process of juxtaposition and differentiation, the individual chapters demonstrate that writers of both minority and nonminority backgrounds address transnationalism in ways that certainly vary but which also often overlap in surprising ways.
Stuart Taberner is Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Thought and Society at the University of Leeds, UK. He is also Research Associate in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch; German and French, University of the Free State, South Africa.
1 Transnationally German?.-2 Transnationalism in Contemporary German-language Novels.-3 The Limits of Hospitality.-4 Belonging.-5 Mobile Citizens-Mobile Cultures.-6 A Rooted Cosmopolitanism?.-7 Conclusion: The World Within?