Neue Heimat Schweden : Cordelia Edvardsons und Ebba Sörboms Autobiografik zur Shoah (Book, 2008) [WorldCat.org]
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Neue Heimat Schweden : Cordelia Edvardsons und Ebba Sörboms Autobiografik zur Shoah

Author: Corinne Susanek
Publisher: Köln : Böhlau, 2008.
Dissertation: doctoral Universität, Zürich 2006
Series: Reihe Jüdische Moderne, Bd. 5.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Biography : GermanView all editions and formats
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Discusses the specific difficulties facing emigrant authors of Holocaust autobiographies, written in a secondary language acquired after the war. Examines the work of German-born Cordelia Edvardson and Yugoslavian-born Ebba Sörbom, who settled in Sweden in 1945 among some 4,000 Holocaust survivors. Pt. 1 (p. 23-111) situates Swedish Holocaust literature within the framework of autobiographies, immigrant literature,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Cordelia Edvardson; Ebba Sörbom; Cordelia Edvardson; Cordelia Edvardson; Ebba Sörbom; Cordelia Edvardson; Ebba Sörbom
Material Type: Biography, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Corinne Susanek
ISBN: 9783412241063 3412241067
OCLC Number: 216923760
Description: viii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Series Title: Reihe Jüdische Moderne, Bd. 5.
Responsibility: Corinne Susanek.
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Abstract:

Discusses the specific difficulties facing emigrant authors of Holocaust autobiographies, written in a secondary language acquired after the war. Examines the work of German-born Cordelia Edvardson and Yugoslavian-born Ebba Sörbom, who settled in Sweden in 1945 among some 4,000 Holocaust survivors. Pt. 1 (p. 23-111) situates Swedish Holocaust literature within the framework of autobiographies, immigrant literature, and reception theory; pt. 2 (p. 115-255) analyzes Edvardson's and Sörbom's texts. Shows that the works of these authors have a strong educational function, in addition to therapeutic and testimonial functions. Both Edvardson and Sörbom rejected German, the language of the perpetrators, in favor of Swedish as their writing language, in order to construct a new identity and enter into dialogue with the reality of their new homeland. Their early works express feelings of isolation in ethnocentric, post-war Sweden, where interest in immigrants' experiences was low. By the 1980s, conditions for the reception their work had improved. Both writers distance themselves from Germany, but whereas Sörbom, who converted to Christianity, chooses Sweden as a reference for her new identity, Edvardson identifies with Judaism and Israel.

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