Contested Communities
Small, Minority and Minor Literatures in Europe

Edited by Kate Averis, Margaret Littler, and Godela Weiss-Sussex

Studies In Comparative Literature 57

Legenda

  8 August 2023  •  264pp

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The study of European literatures was once characterised by single-language, nation-bound enquiry, but in the context of globalisation the transnational and multi-lingual aspect of these literatures has come to the fore. The forces driving this change range from acknowledgement of ancestral and regional enclaves within nation states to migration between nation states, and from beyond Europe, giving rise to minority communities across the continent. This wide-ranging volume spans literatures from Galicia to Greenland, written in and between languages ranging from Basque, Welsh and Breton, to French, Italian and German, and in genres that include theatre, narrative prose and experimental poetry. By viewing Europe from its peripheries and investigating diversity both between and within European nations, the book presents small, minority and minor literatures as a continuum along which notions of community are constantly affirmed, contested and redefined.

Kate Averis teaches European literatures at the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Margaret Littler is Professor Emerita of Contemporary German Literature at the University of Manchester. Godela Weiss-Sussex is Professor in Modern German Literature at the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, London.

Contents:

1

Introduction
Margaret Littler

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2

Francophone Latin American Writing: Between Two Major Traditions
Kate Averis

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3

German-Jewish Women’s Writing in Early Twentieth-Century Berlin: Claiming Space for a (Multiple) Minority
Godela Weiss-Sussex

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4

Land, Art and Activism in Galician Writing by Women: Teresa Moure’s A intervención (2010)
Catherine Barbour

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5

Peripheries of the Revolution and Geographies of Exclusion in Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s Luanda, Lisboa, Paraíso (2018)
Margarida Rendeiro

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6

Representations of Greenland: Danish and Greenlandic Literary Perspectives
Christinna Hazzard

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7

A Move Towards the Mainstream? New Perspectives on the Public Reading of Minority Writing in the UK
Briony Birdi

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8

Small Literature, Big Ambition: Basque Literature of the Present
Mari Jose Olaziregi

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9

Land un Lü: Low German Diversities
Stefan Willer

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10

Lontano da Mogadiscio and Nuvole sull’Equatore: Belonging, Language and the Market
Simone Brioni, Shirin Ramzanali Fazel

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11

Translating the Dead Other? The Politics of Minority Writing, Non-Identity and the Inoperative in Terézia Mora’s Das Ungeheuer
Teresa Ludden

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12

Futurity and the People to Come: futuristen-epilog — poeme by Berkan Karpat and Zafer Şenocak
Margaret Littler

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13

Minor Literature, Minor Discourse and the Representation of Eastern Europeans Working in Britain: Monica Ali’s In the Kitchen and Marina Lewycka’s Two Caravans
Pamela McCallum

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14

Reinventing Europe from the Margins: Theatre on the Periphery
Madelena Gonzalez

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15

Of Boiled Eggs and Rocket Science: Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin
Áine McMurtry

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Bibliography entry:

Averis, Kate, Margaret Littler, and Godela Weiss-Sussex (eds), Contested Communities: Small, Minority and Minor Literatures in Europe, Studies In Comparative Literature, 57 (Legenda, 2023)

First footnote reference: 35 Contested Communities: Small, Minority and Minor Literatures in Europe, ed. by Kate Averis, Margaret Littler, and Godela Weiss-Sussex, Studies In Comparative Literature, 57 (Legenda, 2023), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Averis, Littler, and Weiss-Sussex, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Averis, Kate, Margaret Littler, and Godela Weiss-Sussex (eds). 2023. Contested Communities: Small, Minority and Minor Literatures in Europe, Studies In Comparative Literature, 57 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Averis, Littler, and Weiss-Sussex 2023: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Averis, Littler, and Weiss-Sussex 2023: 21.

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