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    Perspectives on the Borderline: Julia Franck’s Lagerfeuer

    Heffernan, Valerie (2013) Perspectives on the Borderline: Julia Franck’s Lagerfeuer. In: Transitions: Emerging Women Writers in German Language Literature. Rodopi, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 69-89.

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    This chapter focuses on Julia Franck’s novel Lagerfeuer (2003), which is set in the emergency reception camp in the Berlin district of Marienfelde in the late 1970s. As this analysis will show, Franck’s narrative uses the borderline space of the camp to interrogate the relationship between the two Germanies during the Cold War era. Moreover, both its shifting narrative perspective and its focus on surveillance allow this relationship to be examined from a variety of different viewpoints. Finally, with its inclusion of a Jewish character and its incorporation of a number of Jewish elements, the novel also raises questions regarding the way in which Jews are viewed by East and West German society in the post-war era.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Perspectives on the Borderline; Julia Franck’s Lagerfeuer;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > German
    Item ID: 4237
    Depositing User: Valerie Heffernan
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2013 12:17
    Publisher: Rodopi
    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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