Fugitive Time: Dismantling the Narrative Logic of Asylum in Abbas Khider’s Der falsche Inder
My paper critiques the narrative logic and sequential temporality of the German asylum process by focusing on their dismantling in Abbas Khider’s Der falsche Inder, depicting as it does a displaced person’s flight from Baghdad to Munich in eight different versions. Drawing on Anthony Reed’s “freedom time” that he locates in Black experimental texts, my reading of what I term the fugitive time of Khider’s work explores the myriad resonances and effects of this ‘fugitivity’: its impact on the text’s structure, the identity of its protagonist, and his (in)ability to secure refuge.
Respondent: Lauren Stokes: Northwestern University
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