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Gastabajter in Dojczland: Explorations of a Polish Literary “Guest Worker” in Germany and the EU

A talk by Dr. George Gasyna

Mon, September 28, 2015 | WEL 2.312, UT-Austin

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Professor Gasyna reads recent writings by Poland's postcommunist bad boy/good conscience Andrzej Stasiuk - here focusing on a new turn in his identity politics as an increasingly vocal critic of the European integration project and the Polish narrative of exceptional history/destiny, as illustrated by his semi-autobiographical fictions, Fado and Dojczland. For Stasiuk, in the (invariably mythologized) lived experience which trumps the integrationist initiatives and various other "marketing" ventures of EU expansion, the West and Germany in particular remains unknown and unknowable in its essence. Especially in Germany, the best the Polish migrant can hope for, is an experience precisely of a "Dojczland": an intermediary, imagined entity, comprised half of desire and half of prejudice, and translated from a foreign semiotic system. The talk will be supported by visual materials. For more information, contact the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages.

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