Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik
Ed. by Heimböckel, Dieter / Hess-Lüttich, Ernest W.B. / Mein, Georg / Sieburg, Heinz
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Von Grenzlandliteratur zur Poetik der Grenze. Deutsch-polnische Transiträume und die kosmopolitische Imagination
This contribution considers the changes in German-Polish border narratives since 1989, and it argues for a flexible transnational approach to studying borderlands literature. In particular, the article discusses ›border poetics‹ as an idiom of the cosmopolitan imagination: it is a broadly applicable narrative and cultural practice that connects locally and historically specific border experiences with universally understood liminal experiences (e.g., life and death) or with epistemic and ontological boundaries. Using examples from German and Polish literature, the article explains that border poetics both emerges from and expands upon an understanding of the border as a contact zone.