Lecture: Flight from Nazi Germany: Exile Narratives for Children

Lecture: Flight from Nazi Germany: Exile Narratives for Children

Centre for Irish-German Studies Guest Lecture: 
 
Flight from Nazi Germany: Exile Narratives for Children
 
Dr Áine McGillicuddy (DCU)
 
Thursday, 27 April at 11am
 
All welcome!
 
Leaving friends, relatives and the security of well-worn routines behind and attempting to adapt to unfamiliar contexts and a new environment can be a challenging experience for anyone who moves from home. However, when the departure from familiar faces and surroundings is not by choice but motivated rather by flight to safety from politically sanctioned oppression, fear of imprisonment or even death, such challenges can be infinitely more daunting and complex. In this seminar I will discuss the differing experiences of exile depicted in the semi-autobiographical works of Judith Kerr and Irene N. Watts which focalize the child as an exile from Nazi Germany. Depictions of how the child refugee negotiates new linguistic and cultural spaces, copes with everyday life in unfamiliar environments and the unpredictability of their exilic existence, will be explored against the backdrop of the loss of language, home and citizenship and how these experiences are introduced and described to the young reader.
 
 
Biography
Dr Áine McGillicuddy is a lecturer in German Studies and Comparative Children’s Literature Studies in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University. Her research focuses on themes of exile and identity in Children’s Literature Studies. She is co-editor of a collection of essays, entitled Politics and Ideology in Children’s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2014) and a committee member of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (ISSCL).
 
More info – Gisela.Holfter@ul.ie