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Contemporary Polish Migrant Culture and Literature in Germany, Ireland, and the UK

Joana Rostek and Dirk Uffelmann

For centuries, migration has been part of Polish history. In recent decades, however, migration patterns have intensified and undergone significant changes, especially after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989/90 and Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004. This collection of essays is the first to explicitly address the cultural impact of Polish migration to three European countries that have absorbed the major part of the recent exodus: Germany, Ireland, and UK. The volume analyses cultural activities of Poles abroad, explores topical trends in Polish migrant literature, and discusses the representation of migrants in film. By opening up a decidedly cultural perspective, the essays hope to break new ground and enrich the scientific discourse on migration in the European context.
Contents: Joanna Rostek/Dirk Uffelmann: Introduction – Agnieszka Fihel: Post-Accession Migration from Poland: A Quantitative View – Daniel Schümann: Lost in Migration: Literary Images of Poles in Germany by Stefan Żeromski and Andrzej Stasiuk – Satoko Inoue: Beyond the First-Person Narrative: Polish Literature Written in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1980s – Mieczysław Dąbrowski: Facing the Stereotypes of Polishness and Germanness: Rudnicki and Others – Dirk Uffelmann: ‘Self-Orientalisation’ in Narratives by Polish Migrants to Germany (by contrast to Ireland and the UK) – Urszula Chowaniec: Displacement, Emigration, and Travel: Contemporary Polish Literature and the Notion of Émigré Literature – Kinga Olszewska: Dynamic Identities: Polish Migrants in Ireland – Alfred Gall: Migration and Global Society: The Issue of Internationality in Contemporary Polish Literature – Linda Coakley: Performing Polish Identities: Examining the Enactment of Wigilia in Cork, Ireland – Aleksandra Galasińska: Narrating Migration, Narrating Transformation – Joanna Rostek: Living the British Dream: Polish Migration to the UK as Depicted in the TV Series Londyńczycy (2008-2010) – Kris van Heuckelom: Polish (Im)Potence: Shifting Representations of Polish Labour Migration in Contemporary European Cinema.