Europe Narrated, Contextualized and Remembered
The Discourse of 'Europe' in Contemporary German Literature
Koenigshausen and Neumann 2017
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in European StudiesNew Books in German StudiesNew Books in Intellectual HistoryNew Books in Literary StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books Network January 16, 2018 Julia Stetter
Lena Wetenkamp‘s Europe Narrated, Contextualized and Remembered: The Discourse of ‘Europe’ in Contemporary German Literature (Europa erzhalt, verortet, erinnert: Europa-Diskurse in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur (Koenigshausen and Neumann, 2017)) is an analysis of the idea of “Europe” in modern German literature. It not only deals with important issues such as spaces, borders, multilingualism and European identity, but also states that there is in fact something like a European poetic. Based on a division into two major parts, this study looks on the one side at essays and pamphlets and on the other side at contemporary German literature from Terezia Mora and Ilma Rakusa. In this way, the book convincingly achieves new literary perspectives on current European questions.