Exile and Otherness

New Approaches to the Experience of the Nazi Refugees

by Alexander Stephan (Volume editor)
©2005 Conference proceedings 314 Pages
Series: Exile Studies, Volume 11


In recent years Culture Studies, Anthropology, German Studies, History, Political Psychology, and other fields have used the concept of ‘exile’ in close connection with terms like migration, border crossing, identity, and transnationality. Views of a homogeneous culture and of centricity collide with ideas like multiculturalism, pluralism, creolization, and the globalization of differences. A transit-culture, inhabited by the flaneur and the nomad, is supposed to have replaced citizenship in a nation. At the same time, there can be no doubt that the experience of those writers, artists and intellectuals who were driven out of Germany and Europe by the Nazis was in many ways unique.
This book investigates the exile experience in a theoretical and comparative way by exploring the possibilities and limitations of concepts like diaspora, de-localization, and transit-culture for understanding the lives and works of German and Austrian refugees from Nazi persecution. It revisits the interaction of the exiles with the culture of their host countries in light of recent debates about migration and identity studies and it analyzes texts, paintings and other methods of artistic expression which connect the experience of the refugees of 1933 with postmodern notions of de-localization, hybridity, and marginalization.


ISBN (Softcover)
Intellektueller Literary Theory Deutsche Exil Geschichte 1933-1945 Aufsatzsammlung German language /Literature History Exile literature
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005. 314 pp.

Biographical notes

Alexander Stephan (Volume editor)

The Editor: Alexander Stephan is Professor of German, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Senior Fellow of the Mershon Center for the Study of International Security at the Ohio State University. Among his publications related to the topic of this volume are ‘Communazis.’ FBI Surveillance of German Emigré Writers (2000), Anna Seghers: ‘Das siebte Kreuz.’ Welt und Wirkung eines Romans (1997), Anna Seghers im Exil (1993), Die deutsche Exilliteratur (1979). Stephan (co-)edited Exil. Literatur und die Künste nach 1933 (1990), Schreiben im Exil. Zur Ästhetik der deutschen Exilliteratur 1933 - 1945 (1985), and Peter Weiss. Die Ästhetik des Widerstands (1983).


Title: Exile and Otherness