Abstract

This article explores the work of the Finnish-based German poet Dorothea Grünzweig, identifying it as "nomadic" in Rosi Braidotti's (1994) sense. But even as Grünzweig's poems enact and celebrate nomadism, which offers a powerful challenge to the rigidity and perniciousness of nationalism, they also expose its perils: isolation, confusion, and a lack of agency. Can nomadism be a relational, ethical, productive condition? Drawing on Sara Ahmed's feminist postmodernist ethics and on ideas concerning epistemology and translation, I argue for the ethical potential of nomadism and of poetry in postmodernism. (EJ)

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-5192
Print ISSN
2578-5206
Pages
pp. 241-259
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-13
Open Access
No
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