On a railroad to nowhere: Irmgard Keun's 'D-Zug Dritter Klasse'

Wilkes, G. (2005) On a railroad to nowhere: Irmgard Keun's 'D-Zug Dritter Klasse'. German Studies Review, 28 3: 563-578.

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Author Wilkes, G.
Title On a railroad to nowhere: Irmgard Keun's 'D-Zug Dritter Klasse'
Journal name German Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-7952
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 563
End page 578
Total pages 16
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Abstract D-Zug dritter Klasse, the second novel Irmgard Keun published in exile from Nazi Germany, describes seven passengers on a Berlin-Paris express in 1937. Although it begins like a wide-ranging narrative of persecution and emigration, many of the passengers' stories develop in non-political, inconsequential, and downright farcical directions, a shift which scholars have struggled to explain. This article suggests that D-Zug is a novel of emigration in a personal and literary sense, interpreting the narrative's erratic trajectory as a conscious expression of Keun's fear that her continuing exile could stifle her political effectiveness and professional abilities as an antifascist author.
Keyword Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Area Studies
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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