Identities in German Migration Literature: A comparison of Mutterzunge and Kanak Sprak
LE3 .A278 2015
Bachelor of Arts
Language and Literature
Languages & Literatures
Using the short-story collections Mutterzunge (by Emine Özdamar) and Kanak Sprak (by Feridun Zaimoglu), as representative texts from the genre for German Migration Literature, that depict two different generations of immigrants to Germany, this thesis examines the effect of interactions/language on the formation of identity. I will examine the specific strategies and processes by which the representatives of these two generations construct their identities differently from each other, as they engage with countries, cultures and languages of heritage/origin, and those of their residency. Whereas Mutterzunge explores the creation of hybrid identities through transcultural interactions, Kanak Sprak rejects transculturality. Instead, the “Kanaken”-identity is built on collective experiences of cultural isolation and marginalization. These strong differences in strategies and emerging identities reflect the respective situation of first and subsequent Turkish migrant generations in relation to German and Turkish cultures and societies.
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