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Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Volume 40, Issue 1, 2012
Volume 40, Issue 1, 2012
Author John K. NoyesSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 9 –25 (2012)More Less
In this paper I read the novel Im Kongo by Swiss author Urs Widmer as an alternative telling of Hegel's narrative of Africa in his Lectures on the Philosophy of World History. Hegel's views on reason in history leave him unable to deal with African history, to the point where he cannot resolve the contradiction between an Africa that remains outside world history, and an Africa that is destined to become a historical part of the world. In opposition to Hegel's claim that world history emerges out of the erasure of bodily life in individuals, Widmer uses autobiographic discourse to demonstrate the paradoxical place of the body in the macro-discourses of history.
Es war eine komplette Katastrophe"
Das Afrikabild als Spiegel und Spiel in Roland Schimmelpfennigs Stück Peggy Pickit sieht das Gesicht GottesAuthor Johanna CanarisSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 26 –41 (2012)More Less
It was a complete disaster". Africa as a mirror and a moment of play in Roland Schimmelpfennig's Peggy Pickit sees the Face of God
In this article the play Peggy Pickit sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig, one of the most successful contemporary German playwrights, is analysed as a diagnosis of the current relationship between the so-called Western world and Africa. Even though its form is that of a well-made play in the tradition of Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Africa is always present as the dividing experience between the two couples (the personage of the drama). It is the central moment of interruption as well as of reflection. This is present in the whole drama on many levels, culminating in the play of the dolls Peggy Pickit and her African counterpart, representing the children of two different worlds.
Vergleichende Analyse zu Rechtsvorstellungen in einigen westafrikanischen und deutschen Märchen der Brüder GrimmAuthor Mensah Wekenon TokpontoSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 42 –59 (2012)More Less
Comparative analysis of judicial processes in selected West African and German fairy tales by the brothers Grimm
By examining and comparing selected German and West African fairy tales, this paper investigates how judicial processes are dealt with in these oral narratives. The focus lies on the judicial processes, on the subjective and objective judgments often passed by kings or even by animals as representatives of the law. Questions of jurisdiction and of justice, however, are evaluated differently in fairy tales, thereby highlighting parallels and differences between Western and African oral narrative traditions.
Traditionelles Wissen und moderne Bautechnik
Eine entwicklungspolitische Lektüre von Theodor Storms Novelle Der SchimmelreiterAuthor Akila AhouliSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 60 –69 (2012)More Less
Traditional knowledge und modern building techniques. A reading of Theodor Storm's novella Der Schimmelreiter from a developmental policy perspective
This paper examines the conflict between tradition and modernity in Theodor Storm's novella Der Schimmelreiter. The novella describes the flooding of a sea-side village. As shown in the analysis, the main cause for this catastrophe can be traced to ignoring traditional knowledge when applying modern techniques in constructing a new dam which was meant to protect the village from a devastating flood. Reading the story of the catastrophic flood from a development policy perspective allows us to recognize the disregard of local traditional values in modernisation strategies as one of the serious causes for failure of developmental policies, implemented by industrialized nations in developing countries. This paper, therefore, advocates the necessity of taking account of local traditional knowledge before embarking on any modernisation strategies.
Vom Alten Wien in die Moderne
Zu den ästhetischen Verfahren Veza Canettis am Beispiel des Romans Die Gelbe Straße und der Dramen Der Oger und Der TigerAuthor Michaela HoldenriedSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 70 –86 (2012)More Less
Contemplating aesthetic processes by Veza Canetti in reference to her novel Die gelbe Straße and her plays Der Oger and Der Tiger
Veza Canetti is an author still to be rediscovered despite the growing number of studies and monographs focussing on her work. Her texts - or what remained after a probable auto-dafé - were published only in the 1990's. The article undertakes a deep reading of two plays, deriving from the respective chapters of the novel Die Gelbe Straße. Both plays are being read as antipodic yet inextricably linked searches for modern literary expression. Der Tiger as a poetological comment on the tragedy Der Oger in this perspective gains an aesthetic value in itself. The almost utopian credo in art and eros is quite the opposite to the comedown" Preece wanted to see in this carnevalesque play in the ironic, yet often subversive tradition of the Wiener Lustspiel.
Author Florian VaBenSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 87 –107 (2012)More Less
Erst kommt das Fressen, ..." Bertolt Brecht - Striving for happiness, productivity and material value
In Brecht's literary production and his theoretical writings striving for happiness" is a central issue from early on, especially since the Baal-character and remains so in his late works where it becomes a central aspect in his political considerations. The conceptualisation of this attitude however shifts. The meaning of sensuality and enjoyment, egoism and a-sociality, reason and rationality, altruism and social responsibility and especially of consumption and production changes over the years: the rupture can best be identified in the various versions of Mahagonny and the representation of the relation between enjoyment and money. "Devouring" versus morality in Die Dreigroschenoper as well as Fatzer, Azdak, Schweyk, Galilei and Puntila as contradictory Baal'-characters further highlight this aspect. In contrast Brecht's aesthetic procedure remains constant when he "swallows" literary and theoretical texts by other authors such as Nietzsche, Spinoza and Freud that is their anti-moralism, materialism and pleasure principle in order to use them as material for his own aesthetic production. Finally, this article shows how Brecht's late Glücksgott-Fragment with its combination of sensual pleasure and productive work points to a consuming productivity and thereby to the potentiality of a happy life.
Literatur und Diktatur
Die Enthüllung politischer Verbrechen in Gamal al-Ghitanis Seini Barakat (1974) und Herta Müllers Herztier (1994)Author Hebatallah FathySource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 108 –122 (2012)More Less
Literature and dictatorship. Uncovering political crimes in Gamal al-Ghitanis Seini Barakat (1974) and Herta Müllers Herztier (1994)
Literature is a reliable indicator for political developments, especially those of an oppressive nature, in any society. Both the personal experience of the authors themselves and their awareness of their responsibility towards their communities usually cause them to deal in their works with the impact of dictatorships on the lives of human beings. This article deals with the specific literary strategies developed in the novels Seini Barakat by Egyptian author Gamal al-Ghitani and Herztier by German Rumanian author Herta Müller to broach the issue of political crimes, especially in the context of breaking political taboos in their respective societies through literary work.
[D]ie Geschichte zur Wahrheit [...] verfälschen"
Historiografische Metafiktion bei Ilija Trojanow und Thomas StanglAuthor Kira SchmidtSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 123 –133 (2012)More Less
"Distorting history into the truth". Historiographical meta-fiction in Ilija Trojanow and Thomas Stangl
In this article two texts are compared which have been read as postmodern historical novels: Ilija Trojanows Der Weltensammler (The Collector of Worlds) und Thomas Stangls Der einzige Ort (The only Place). The novels both deal with history and historical facts. However, although both (historical) novels display meta-fictional elements and deal with 19th century colonialism, their narrative structure differs essentially, as illustrated, for instance, by their different narrative perspectives. This paper investigates these structural differences by clarifying their relation to the meta-fictional narrative.
Author Camilla Badstubner-KizikSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 134 –142 (2012)More Less
Linguistic research has long focused on the use of language in movies. Similarly, research in the field of foreign language education has analysed movies regarding their potential for motivation, emotion, and training of competencies and - more rarely - regarding their contribution to perceptions. This paper combines these aspects with questions of language and distribution policies for audiovisual media in Europe and examines the resulting consequences and their possible impact on the visual and acoustic perception of 'Others'. Based on films that have been highly successful on the European film market, select tendencies within German-language movie productions since 2001 are described and identified in order to examine conclusions that may be drawn about the 'portrayal of Germans' and the 'sound of German' within this context.
Perspektiven postkolonialer Studien aus der Sicht der frankophonen afrikanischen Germanistik
Das Beispiel der Zeitschrift Mont Cameroun"Author Albert GouaffoSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 143 –151 (2012)More Less
Perspectives of postcolonial studies from the point of view of francophone African German studies : the example of the journal "Mont Cameroun"
For the last three decades the field of German Studies at universities in francophone Africa constituted itself as part of the colonial heritage. While at its inception the question of the identity of the subject, namely the differentiation between the conceptualisation of the subject from the point of view of a mother tongue or a foreign language speaker never came up, this question is now more relevant than ever before. Germans have a different attitude towards their language and culture, as it should be, so that a dialogue with foreign countries is possible in the first place. By referring to post-colonial theory this paper seeks to describe some teaching and research areas which allow a progressive approach to German Studies within an African context. German Studies within this context needs a profile and a vision, if it wants to be taken seriously in terms of its African perspective and if it wants to ensure its continued existence.
Sport, Spiel und Leidenschaft. Afrikanische und deutsche Perspektiven, Carlotta von Maltzan & David Simo (Hgg.) : book reviewAuthor Johann Georg LughoferSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 152 –155 (2012)More Less
Die Fußballweltmeisterschaft 2010 in Südafrika, die erste am afrikanischen Kontinent überhaupt, inspirierte zum Thema der ersten gemeinsamen Tagung der Germanistenverbände aus Westafrika und dem südlichen Afrika an der Universität Stellenbosch: Spiel und Leidenschaft". Zu den von Carlotta von Maltzan und David Simo herausgegebenen Ergebnissen darf gleich vorweg festgestellt werden, dass sie mit einer mehrfachen Öffnung des Themas Sport eine bedeutende Erweiterung und Bereicherung der geisteswissenschaftlichen Forschung zu diesem Bereich darstellen.
Reinheit und Vermischung. Literarisch-kulturelle Entwürfe von Rasse" und Sexualität (1900-1930), Eva Blome : book reviewAuthor Stefan HermesSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 156 –158 (2012)More Less
Es ist kein gänzlich risikoloses Unterfangen, den Begriff der Rasse' in einem primär literarästhetischen Kontext zu diskutieren. Doch die ungeheuerlichen Verbrechen, die (nicht allein) Deutsche im Verlauf des 20. Jahrhunderts verübten, um die Reinheit der weißen Rasse' zu erhalten oder erst herzustellen, bleiben in Eva Blomes hier zu besprechender Studie stets gegenwärtig: Mithin entgeht die Konstanzer Dissertation, die insbesondere nach der Bedeutung biologistischer Denkfiguren für die fiktionale Literatur der deutschsprachigen Moderne fragt, der nicht unerheblichen Gefahr, deren realhistorische Konsequenzen zu bagatellisieren.
Author Regine FourieSource: Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa 40, pp 159 –160 (2012)More Less
Es liegt eine Sammlung von Aufsätzen vor, die aus mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten stammen, wie sowohl der Quellenangabe (205) als auch dem der Sammlung begleitenden bibliographischen Material (Literatur", 189-203) zu entnehmen ist. Nur beim ersten Aufsatz wird keine Quelle angegeben; wenn es sich daher um einen Originalbeitrag handelt, müsste das erwähnt werden.