Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writers since 1945

Fourteen National Contexts in Europe and Beyond


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This study analyses how immigrant and ethnic-minority writers have challenged the understanding of certain national literatures and have markedly changed them. In other national contexts, ideologies and institutions have contained the challenge these writers pose to national literatures. Case studies of the emergence and recognition of immigrant and ethnic-minority writing come from fourteen national contexts. These include classical immigration countries, such as Canada and the United States, countries where immigration accelerated and entered public debate after World War II, such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as countries rarely discussed in this context, such as Brazil and Japan. Finally, this study uses these individual analyses to discuss this writing as an international phenomenon.

Sandra R.G. Almeida, Maria Zilda F. Cury, Sarah De Mul, Sneja Gunew, Dave Gunning, Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Martina Kamm, Liesbeth Minnaard, Maria Oikonomou, Wenche Ommundsen, Marie Orton, Laura Reeck, Daniel Rothenbühler, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Wiebke Sievers, Bettina Spoerri, Christl Verduyn, Sandra Vlasta.

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Wiebke Sievers, Ph.D. (2003), University of Warwick, is senior researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She has published widely on migration and culture in various contexts. Most recently she co-edited a special issue of the journal Crossings.
Sandra Vlasta, Dr. (2008), University of Vienna, is currently a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Fellow at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She is the author of Contemporary Migration Literature in German and English (Brill | Rodopi, 2016) and has also published on multilingualism and travel writing.
“[…] the volume at hand remains a useful and highly informative tool for scholars in the field, thanks to its emphasis on explicating the analysis of research trends and the academic treatment of immigrant literatures.”
- Jopi Nyman, University of Eastern Finland, FL in Recherche Littéraire/Literary Research, Vol. 36 2020 pp. 333-339

List of Contributors
Introduction: Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writers since 1945: Fourteen National Contexts in Europe and Beyond
Wiebke Sievers and Sandra Vlasta
1 From White Australia to the Asian Century: Literature and Migration in Australia
Sneja Gunew and Wenche Ommundsen
2 New Austria, Old Roots: Writers of Immigrant Origin in Austria
Wiebke Sievers and Sandra Vlasta
3 Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writing in Brazilian Literature: A Fundamental Presence
Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida and Maria Zilda Ferreira Cury
4 Encountering Canada: Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writing
Christl Verduyn
5 A Belated Arrival: Flemish Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writing
Sarah De Mul
6 Somewhere Between ‘French’ and ‘Francophone’: Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writing in France
Laura Reeck
7 From the Exclusion of Individual Authors to the Transnationalisation of the Literary Field: Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writing in Germany
Wiebke Sievers and Sandra Vlasta
8 Learning New Languages: A Literature of Migration in Greece
Maria Oikonomou
9 The Politics of Changing National Identity: Migration Literature in Italy
Marie Orton
10 Challenging the Myth of Homogeneity: Immigrant Writing in Japan
Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt
11 Oscillating between Margin and Centre: Dutch Literature of Migration
Liesbeth Minnaard
12 The Faces of a New Transnational Swiss Nation
Daniel Rothenbühler, Bettina Spoerri and Martina Kamm
13 From Commonwealth Literature to Black and Asian British Writers: The Long History of Migration and Literature in the United Kingdom
Sandra Vlasta and Dave Gunning
14 Immigration, Migration, and the United States: Immigrant Writing and Ethnic American Literature
Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
Conclusion: How Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writers Have become a Vanguard of Cultural Change: Comparing Historical Developments, Political Changes and Literary Debates in Fifteen National Contexts
Wiebke Sievers
Literary scholars interested in immigrant and ethnic-minority writing. Furthermore, this volume is an ideal starting point for students and researchers entering this field of study.
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