Welcome: and an essay on Exiles and Expats in Los Angeles
Welcome to the Exile Cultures "collaboratory." This has grown out of the NEH summer seminar on "German Exile Culture in California: European Traditions and American Modernity," which explored the exile experience of refugees from Hitler's Germany. This space is designed first of all to continue the seminar discussions and to allow for the participants to share their follow-up work. I will also be inviting the participants in a previous version of the seminar, which took place in 2006. However, I would also be delighted to see the exchange here broaden to discuss other questions of culture and dislocation.
In the meantime, I am attaching an essay I wrote about German exiles and British expatriates for a forthcoming volume on literature of Los Angeles.