Germany has become home to some 2.5 million people of Turkish background since mass recruitments in the 1960s and 1970s to man the "economic miracle." An increasingly settled Turkish German population now asserts a permanent place in Germany: over a third were born there, and a third have German citizenship. At the same time, Turkish German writers have become integral to the German literary scene. They include bestselling novelists Renan Demirkan and Akif Pirinçci; prestigious literary prize-winners Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Feridun Zaimoglu; and the critically acclaimed Aras Ören and Zafer Senocak. Tom Cheesman focuses on these and other writers' perspectives on cosmopolitan ideals and aspirations, ranging from glib affirmation to cynical transgression and melancholy nihilism. People of Turkish background are still not always recognized as equal participants in German life, but Turkish German writers' interventions defy marginalizing concepts such as "literature of migration" or "intercultural literature." What Cheesman calls their "literature of settlement" is paradigmatic for European cultures adapting to diversity and negotiating new identities. He shows German culture to have moved decisively beyond such "polite fictions" as the term "guest worker" or the slogan "not a country of immigration."
Tom Cheesman is Senior Lecturer in German at Swansea University, Wales.
Students and scholars of literature in Germany after 1945 have a useful resource in Tom Cheesman's accessible new book. .The book's major strengths lie in its sweeping perspective and its excellent accessible overview of Turkish German literature from a deliberately anti-essentialist perspective. MONATSHEFTE
Cheesman has proven that he remains one of the foremost scholars of Turkish German literature, and this book stands as a major contribution to the growing body of secondary literature on the topic. FOCUS ON GERMAN STUDIES
First Published: 01 Nov 2007
13 Digit ISBN: 9781571133748
Size: 9 x 6
Imprint: Camden House
BIC Class: DSB
Details updated on 27 Aug 2015
- 1 Preface
- 2 Prelude in the Television Studio
- 3 Extending the Concept of Germanness
- 4 Natural Born Cosmopolitans?
- 5 Seven Types of Cosmopolitanism
- 6 The Turkish German Novel since "It Always Ends in Tears"
- 7 In Quarantine: Zafer Senocak
- 8 Gender and Genre: Testimonial and Parodic Cosmopolitanisms
- 9 Ali Alias Alien: Mutations of the UnCosmopolitan
- 10 Postscript: Astronauts in Search of a Planet
- 11 Works Cited
- 12 Index