Silja Maehl

Foreign Water: Yoko Tawada’s Poetics of Porosity in “Where Europe Begins”

The short stories of Tawada’s collection Wo Europa anfängt [Where Europe Begins] discussed by Silja Maehl well capture the themes of mobility, border crossings, nature, city-spaces, and language as presented in our introduction “Gender, Germanness, and the Spatial Turn.” In her essay, Maehl discusses the role of migration, travel, and geographical relations in what she refers to as Tawada’s “poetics of porosity.” Travel for Tawada in the text “Where Europe Begins” is interpreted as embarking on the journey from reading towards writing (Hansjörg Bay), much like Tawada’s constant interlocutor Roland Barthes demonstrates with his concept ofwriterly texts” in ...

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