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In: KulturPoetik 2003, Heft 2

Autor

Andreas Wittbrodt

Titel

The cruel absurdity of the letter ›I‹«. Literarische Mehrsprachigkeit und Identität bei Michael Hamburger

Kategorie

Beitrag

Abstract

The essay explores the bilingualism and identity of the German-Jewish writer Michael Hamburger (born 1924) in three steps: (1) It gives an account of Hamburger’s development from a native speaker of German to a British writer; (2) it discusses his own notions of bilingualism; (3) this perspective then serves as a basis for the interpretation of Hamburger’s German writing. In conclusion, the article analyses the relationship between Hamburger’s Jewish identity and his literary identity.