Book Talk: Christine Meyer on “Questioning the Canon”

In her newest book, Dr. Christene Meyer opens up fresh perspectives on German-language minority literature since the reunification. To learn more about her work, we sat down with her for a book talk.

To what extent do minority writers feel represented by the literary canon of a nation and its body of “great works”? To what extent do they adhere to, or contest, the supposedly universal values conveyed through those texts and how do they situate their own works within the national tradition?

Dr. Christine Meyer, who teaches German Studies at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, approaches these questions in her latest publication with De Gruyter: “Questioning the Canon. Counter-Discourse and the Minority Perspective in Contemporary German Literature”, which was published in July 2021.

In an interview with De Gruyter acquisitions editor Myrto Aspioti, she talks about the ways in which Rafik Schami, Feridun Zaimoglu and Emine Sevgi Özdamar write ‘with’ and against the canon of German literature.

The conversation is also available as a podcast:

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Christine Meyer

Dr. Christine Meyer teaches German Studies at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France.

Myrto Aspioti

Myrto Aspioti works as Acquisitions Editor for Literary and Cultural Studies at De Gruyter.

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