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German Studies: Immigrant Literature in Germany

A beginner's guide to German Studies research at the UIUC Library.

Exemplary migrant writers in Germany

Check out these immigrant writers in Germany:

  • Alina Bronsky (Russian)
  • Emine Sevgi Özdamar (Turkish)
  • Feridun Zaimoglu (Turkish)
  • SAID (Iranian)
  • Abbas Khider (Iraqi), author of Der falshe Inder or Village Indian (English translation)




Refugees in German Literature

Resources from the Library

Looking for general books about immigrants in Germany?  Try searching the Library Catalog by subject for Immigrants -- Germany or Germany -- Emigration and immigration.

What about examples of immigrant literature? See the Finding Books section of this guide for tips on searching by subject.

Migrant Literature in Germany

Online Resources

Suggested keywords for searching databases

Begin with a keyword search, for example:

Turkish AND German*

immigra* AND German*

transnational* AND German*

migra* AND German*

multicultural* AND German*

(Note that the * is a truncation symbol, e.g. immigra* returns results for immigrant, immigrants, immigration, etc.)

When you find an article that looks relevant and useful, take a look at the subject headings. You can use this phrase to run a new search. There are two main advantages to continuing your search using subject headings:

1. They may help you find items that did not come up in your initial keyword search.

2. The subject headings can give you ideas of additional words to use in your keyword searches.