Presentation of the Conflicts of Society and Identity in German Migration Literature



Since the late Seventies the German literary scene has witnessed a rising presence of German writers of foreign extraction examining their intercultural experiences on pivotal topics like refugees, schism, alienation, identity crises, and social and cultural conflicts. This paper deals with the method of presentation of the conflicts and problems related to culture, society and identity as depicted in selected migration literature of the last two decades of the twentieth century, and shows that the experiences of alienation and incongruity depict ed in these texts have had a variety of reaction s, and have suffered a significant and rapid development during several decades. A literature initially intended to confront prejudice, manages in a relatively short period, through the introduction of new topics and variety of form and language, to move from the borders of cultural discourse into the depths, and find it ’ s proper place in contemporary German literature.