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    In Transit: Placelessness and the Absurd in the Writings of Anna Seghers

    Kearns, Gerard (2019) In Transit: Placelessness and the Absurd in the Writings of Anna Seghers. GeoHumanities, online. pp. 1-25. ISSN 2373-5678

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    The structure of feeling that has been called the absurd suggests a placeless and irrational world. Yet such a structure of feeling is sometimes produced in response to quite a specific context. This essay considers the way absurdity arises and is treated within Anna Seghers’s Transit, a novel about the plight of refugees from Nazi Germany trying to leave unoccupied France after the signing of the Armistice between France and Germany in June 1940. The essay explores the treatment of space and time in the novel and suggests that there is a significant distinction between absurdity as resignation and absurdity as dissent. The essay also claims that absurdity is explicitly countered in the novel in the pursuit of a politics of responsibility and a resistance in solidarity.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Absurd; Walter Benjamin; Georg Lukács; Placelessness; Refugees; Anna Seghers;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12076
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    Depositing User: Gerry Kearns
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 11:24
    Journal or Publication Title: GeoHumanities
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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