The dissertation focusses on the discourse within German literary studies that analyzes the literature written by non-native speakers in German and asks – while laying out the history of this young scholarly focus and its most prominent debates – why which theorems and methods have been chosen by scholars in order to deal with their field of study.
Since Johannes Kleine argues that many methodological options which could have been helpful within recent discussions here have not been chosen, a close examination of fields with similar propositions and politico-aesthetic structures – such as the literary analyzing of contemporary texts by Jewish authors in German with a firmly Jewish content – shall be compared to the conditions and possibilities of the field. It will be especially interesting to examine the efforts of texts in both fields to rewrite and reestablish a ‘performed space’ Central Europe and other transcultural or transversal spaces and discourses.
Apart from that, two other main chapters will constitute the project: Analogous to the image of the Arab world evoked by German literature from authors with Arab descent (a topic with a comparatively long history of scholarly examination) the image of Iran/Persia in Iranian-German texts shall be focused, allowing for a critical evaluation of the former intellectual efforts.
At last, the project claims that there is a re-spiritualization becoming obvious within very recent German literature, primarily executed by texts written by non-Christian authors. Taking this for granted, Johannes Kleine will focus on mystic elements (or even mystic-driven or inspired poetologies) of texts written by authors such as Benjamin Stein or Navid Kermani.