Explosive Kontaktzonen : Tankstellen als poetologische Drehpunkte im Coming-of-Age-Genre

Explosion hazard : gas stations in the coming-of-age genre

  • Tankstellen im Alltag sind grundsätzlich unauffällig. Überlandstraßen und Autobahnen saumend, eingefaltet in urbane Raume oder als Element suburbaner, industrieller Zonen nimmt man sie kaum wahr. Werden sie jedoch gebraucht, sei es zum Tanken, sei es zum Einkaufen abseits der üblichen Öffnungszeiten, rücken sie aus ihrer Latenz von einem Augenblick auf den anderen in den Vordergrund der Wahrnehmung und können für Reisende zu einer Obsession werden – rettende Oasen in der Wüste...
  • Gas stations are in-between-places; non-lieux (Marc Augé), places with a special density. In terms of space and metaphor they are often situated at the margins of urban and suburban zones. Gas stations frequently appear throughout popular culture, in novels, films and T V series, often as a threshold to supernatural, uncanny spaces. At a gas station, anything can happen, any time. People meet by chance, continue their trip together, get into fights, fall in love, get killed. And of course, gas stations can explode as soon as safe-ty measures are ignored. In the coming-of-age genre, in particular, there is a huge variety of gas stations: Gas stations as everyday places as well as adventurous zones reflect the fragile emotional state of adolescent characters on the run. When they turn in at a gas station, dramatic things happen – an old order might be destroyed and a new one seems possible. Even though gas stations seem easy to grasp as icons of modernity, they are the result of complex media processes. This article analyses the poetics of the gas station in German coming-of-age-novels, putting them into the context of international media culture for young adults.

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Author:Christine Lötscher
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-674248
URL:http://10.21248/gkjf-jb.56
DOI:https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.21248/gkjf-jb.56
ISBN:978-3-9821241-1-7
ISSN:2568-4477
Parent Title (German):Jahrbuch der Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung : GKJF
Publisher:Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Article
Language:German
Date of Publication (online):2020/12/01
Date of first Publication:2020/12/01
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/29
Volume:2020
Page Number:12
First Page:110
Last Page:121
HeBIS-PPN:493759417
Institutes:Neuere Philologien / Neuere Philologien
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Germanistik / GiNDok
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Jahrbuch der Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 4.0