German Diasporic Experiences

German Diasporic Experiences

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Co-published with the Waterloo Centre for German Studies For centuries, large numbers of German-speaking people have emigrated from settlements in Europe to other countries and continents. In German Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration, and Loss, more than forty international contributors describe and discuss aspects of the history, language, and culture of these migrant groups, individuals, and their descendants. Part I focuses on identity, with essays exploring the connections among language, politics, and the construction of historiesa€”national, familial, and personala€”in German-speaking diasporic communities around the world. Part II deals with migration, examining such issues as German migrants in postwar Britain, German refugees and forced migration, and the immigrant as a fictional character, among others. Part III examines the idea of loss in diasporic experience with essays on nationalization, language change or loss, and the reshaping of cultural identity. Essays are revised versions of papers presented at an international conference held at the University of Waterloo in August 2006, organized by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, and reflect the multidisciplinarity and the global perspective of this field of study.Reshaping Cultural Identity Brandta#39;s writing helped to break multiple silences in the Canadian Mennonite community. ... a€œsilencea€ in English and moving Mennonite literature into the Canadian mainstream. questions i asked my mother penetrated what Brandt describes as ... An essay reveals that even before she published her first collection of poems in 1987, Brandt had decided to leave the Mennonites, anbsp;...

Title:German Diasporic Experiences
Author: Mathias Schulze
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press - 2008-10-02

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