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Asian Fusion

New Encounters in the Asian-German Avant-Garde


Caroline Rupprecht

This book contributes to a historically evolving conversation about immigration as a facet of globalization in the European context. Focusing on literary and artistic works from the post–World War II era, the author uses a «call-and-response» structure – as in African-American slave songs, Indian kirtans, and Jewish liturgy – to create a series of dialogues between Asian-German authors, including Yoko Tawada, Pham Thi Hoài, and Anna Kim, and an earlier generation of German-speaking authors and artists whose works engaged with «Asia,» including W. G. Sebald, Peter Weiss, and Joseph Beuys.

Considering the recent successes of the New Right, which have brought about a regression to Nazi anti-Semitic discourses grounded in the equation between Jews and «Orientals,» the author advocates a need for solidarity between Germans and Asian-Germans. Using «fusion» as a metaphor, she revises the critical paradigms of Orientalism and postcolonial studies to show how, in the aftermath of the twelve-year Nazi dictatorship, Germany has successfully transformed itself into a country of immigration – in part due to the new and pioneering Asian-German voices that have reshaped the German-speaking cultural landscape and that are now, for the first time, featured as coming together in this book.

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Names: Rupprecht, Caroline, author.

Title: Asian fusion : new encounters in the Asian-German avant-garde /Caroline Rupprecht.

Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2020. | Includesbibliographical references and index. |

Identifiers: LCCN 2019059868 (print) | LCCN 2019059869 (ebook) | ISBN9781787073555 (paperback) | ISBN 9781787073562 (ebook) | ISBN9781787073579 (epub) | ISBN 9781787073586 (mobi)

Subjects: LCSH: German literature--20th century--History and criticism. |German literature--21st century--History and criticism. | Germanliterature--Asian authors--History and criticism. | Immigrants’writings, German--History and criticism. | Stereotypes (Socialpsychology) in literature. | Alienation (Philosophy) in literature. |Intercultural communication in literature. | Other (Philosophy) inliterature.

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