Moving Words: Literature, Memory, and Migration in Berlin


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University of Toronto Press
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5.83 X 8.98 X 0.71 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew Brandel is an assistant research professor and the assistant director of Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University.


"Moving Words is an extraordinary feat: a lyrical essay on Berlin, an erudite treatise on the ethnography of languages, and a multilayered commentary on the centrality of migration and refuge in the making of a city and its literatures. Brandel moves seamlessly from anthropology to philosophy to literary criticism with uncommon facility, and in doing so gives us a major milestone in scholarship on migration and literatures."

- B. Venkat Mani, Professor of German and World Literatures, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and award-winning author of Recoding World Literature

"Brilliant and original - Brandel weaves together the movements of literature and people, focusing on encounters in the globally mixed, literary city of Berlin. He shows that literature makes a difference, helping us to refine our moral worlds. And in the most compelling way, he demonstrates that being at home and being in motion are compatible."

- Miriam Ticktin, Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center

"Brandel's attention and sensitivity to each word in context, his infinitely broad and diverse culture, and his original and personal involvement in European worlds make Moving Words a treasure trove of concepts and experiences. This groundbreaking book offers an exciting approach to cross-disciplinary and cross-Atlantic conversation and brings fields and voices together in creative and erudite ways."

- Sandra Laugier, Professor of Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

"Brandel's book offers a highly original and thought-provoking recalibration of the terms of debate within the field of anthropology and literature. By carefully exploring the question of what makes connections literary, the author throws up a range of intriguing insights as well as providing the reader with a fascinating account of literary life in Berlin. Moving Words challenges us to rethink how the literary provokes contexts and enables connections to appear or gives form to urban relations. As such, it points the way forward for a literary anthropology vitally invested in the study of literature in action."

- Adam Reed, Reader in Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews