< Back to previous page


German-Jewish Urban Experience in the Third Reich: Heterotopia in Breslau Life Writing.

This research project aims to contribute to the understanding of the representation of the German-Jewish urban experience in life writing from Breslau during the Third Reich, on a contextual and a textual level. The relation between 'Aryan' and 'Jew' in the Third Reich was structured in, and through, space. Breslau's urban space is therefore neither simply a negative constraint nor merely a passive surface onto which Nazi anti-Semitism in the city is mapped. As will be shown in this research project, spatial form and spatial strategy were an active element of segregation and destruction. Urban space should therefore be regarded as more than a social given:. In the context of the Holocaust, one needs to take into account that mental processes are constructed through space, which is articulated in written and spoken language. Accordingly, the analysis of the representation of German-Jewish heterotopia will shed new light on the experience of racialized segregation and the textual specificity of Jewish life writing during National Socialism.
Date:1 Oct 2016 →  30 Sep 2017
Disciplines:Language studies, Literary studies, Theory and methodology of language studies, Theory and methodology of linguistics, Theory and methodology of literary studies, Other languages and literary studies