Australian Writers, Anna Funder and David Sornig, Cross Berlin Borders

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    To understand their characters' border crossings - historical, transnational, personal, physical and generic - Australian writers, Anna Funder and David Sornig researched their Berlin settings in situ, in literature and through writing praxis. Berlin crossings can be mapped from East to West and ideologically from left to right, through traumatic national history, biographies and authorial backstories. Funder's All That I Am (2012) won the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary
    Award and the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award. She set this book and her first, Stasiland (2002), mainly in Berlin, the city where Sornig's action also commences in Spiel (2009), a debut novel that enabled him to take up the 2008 Charles Pick Fellowship, at East Anglia University. Their literary representations of the city have prompted me to consider the particular narrative perspectives they brought to their projects as they crossed the historical and symbolic borders of the most emblematically divided city in the world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBorder crossings
    EditorsDiana Glenn, Graham Tulloch
    Place of PublicationMile End, South Australia
    PublisherWakefield Press
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9781743054536
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventStudent Transitions, Achievement Retention and Success - Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 1 Jul 20154 Jul 2015 (STARS proceedings)


    ConferenceStudent Transitions, Achievement Retention and Success
    Abbreviated titleSTARS
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    • Australian writers
    • characters in literature
    • Anna Funder
    • David Sornig
    • Berlin crossings
    • traumatic national history
    • creative efflorescence
    • Berlin


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