Irine Beridze: The Deterritorialized Language of Migration

This research project focuses on the book ‘Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature’ written by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. They state that the primary characteristic of a minor literature is that the language is affected by a strong coefficient of deterritorialization. The aim of this project is to ask whether the modern German literature of Post-Soviet migration can be read as a minor literature, and to show how this primary characteristic of deterritorialization can be transferred to the novels of Sasha Marianna Salzmann, Olga Grjasnowa, Nino Haratischwili, and others. I want to ask the following questions here: How can we recognize deterritorialization in the language of the protagonists in novels of transcultural literature?  Are silences and interrupted, fragmentary and babbling speech signs or expressions of the deterritorialization of the language? How about the disjunction between eating and speaking processes? The aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of dynamics of cultural transformation on transcultural concepts of memory and how they are interpreted and integrated into new contexts.

Irine Beridze is a PhD student at the University of Potsdam and  Academic Assistant at the Institute of Slavic Studies, in the Department of East-Slavic Literatures and Cultures. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in German Studies at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia, she moved to Germany and completed her Master’s degrees in New German Literature (Neue Deutsche Literatur) and East European Cultural Studies (Osteuropäische Kulturstudien) at the University of Potsdam and at the Free University of Berlin. Her research interests touch on memory, transcultural studies and postcolonial studies. In her PhD project, Transfer Processes of Memory in the Modern German Literature of Eastern European Authors, she aims to research the relation between migration and memory from an interdisciplinary point of view between Slavic and German Studies. Her research topic is devoted, among other things, to the question of how literatures of migration (modern German literature of Post-Soviet migration) relate to the concept of minor literature(s).


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