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Polen unter anderen. Literarische Außen- und Innenansichten der polnischen Arbeits- migration in Großbritannien seit 2004

Dirk Uffelmann

Summary

Perspectives on the lives of migrants in their host countries tend to be bicultural, which is at odds with the multiethnic reality of British industrial cities, especially with London’s low-paid sector. This paper proposes migrant literature as an antidote to bicultural restrictions. It endeavors to provide a comparative reading of writings by Polish migrant authors about interactions with other migrants in Britain and other migrant writers’ perceptions of Poles. The corpus consists of post-accession texts and includes, among others, books by A. M. Bakalar, Gosia Brzezińska, Grzegorz Kopaczewski, Daniel Koziarski, Adam Miklasz, Jarek Sępek, and Daniel Zuchowski on the one hand, and Marina Lewycka and Aleksandrs Ruģēns (alias Vilis Lācītis alias William B. Foreignerski), on the other. Given that the authors in question draw on diverse—Polish, British, Ukrainian, Latvian, and other East European—traditions of cultural and/or economic Othering, this paper scrutinizes both the mutual Orientalizing tendencies and the transnationalizing trajectories involved.

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Online erschienen: 2020-10-31
Erschienen im Druck: 2020-10-30

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