Literature on the Move

Dr. Wiebke Sievers (Institute for Urban and Regional Research, ÖAW), Principal Investigator

Mag. Holger Englerth (Institute for Urban and Regional Research, ÖAW), Researcher

Mag.a Dr. Silke Schwaiger (Institute for Urban and Regional Research, ÖAW), Researcher


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Fields of Research

The project Literature on the Move deals with the migration of authors to Austria since the beginning of the 20th century. It assesses the possibilities these authors had as well as the difficulties they encountered when they entered the Austrian literary field taking into account the socio-economic dynamic within this field at the particular point in time. In addition, it analyses the impact of all these dimensions on the literary texts written by these authors.

Literature on the Move departs from the assumption that the Austrian literary field is currently being transnationalised. These new conditions have opened up possibilities for immigrant authors who further the transnationalisation of the field thematically and stylistically.

Among the authors to be discussed in the project are: Zdenka Becker, Seher Çakır, Elias Canetti, Dimitré Dinev, Milo Dor, Ilir Ferra, Susanne Gregor, Alma Hadžibeganović, Ekaterina Heider, Grzegorz Kielawski, Anna Kim, Radek Knapp, Viktorija Kocman, Tanja Maljartschuk, Denis Mikan, Julya Rabinowich, Doron Rabinovici, Magdalena Sadlon, Hamid Sadr, György Sebestyén, Michael Stavarič, Stanislav Struhar, Kundeyt Şurdum, Sina Tahayori, Vladimir Vertlib, Şerafettin Yıldız and Sohn Young.

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