Borderscapes – Grenz-Erfahrungen und Grenz-Werte in Emine Sevgi Özdamars Prosa

Abstract : In a laudatory speech for Emine Sevgi Özdamar, the literary critic Sigrid Löffler points out: « The first thing that a human being realizes in life is the existence of borders. And the first thing that we learn is that we can also pass beyond borderlines. The human existence consists of nothing but border violations and new border demarcations ». This is why according to Löffler borders can be considered as « zones of higher presence of mind and of refined perception ». The protagonists of Özdamar’s novels seem to have developed specific competences for such zones. They are experts of limit experiences of all kinds; they give expression to them and pass on their knowledge. The borderscapes-concept that is currently emerging in the human and social sciences stresses the cultural ‘constructedness’ and the dynamics of borders. The « permanent border transgressor » Özdamar (according to Ottmar Ette) insists precisely on this arbitrary and fabricated character of borderlines. The purpose of my contribution is to fathom out the geographic and ideational « border-(land)scapes » the reader is confronted with in her writing.
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Myriam Geiser. Borderscapes – Grenz-Erfahrungen und Grenz-Werte in Emine Sevgi Özdamars Prosa. Etudes Germaniques, Klincksieck, 2017, La littérature interculturelle de langue allemande: Emine Sevgi Özdamar, 3 (2017) (N° 287), pp.415-429. ⟨hal-01906663⟩

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