n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Der Aspekt der Einfühlungsästhetik in André Brinks

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



There are many opinions about what constitutes a postcolonial novel. The act of representation is part of this controversy: which voices should be represented by the narrator and which should remain silent? This aspect of aesthetic empathy is widely discussed by postcolonial theorists. André Brink's narrative , which deals with the German colonial period in what is now Namibia and the fate of the female protagonist Hanna X, employs a special use of different narrating voices, a combination of archival documents and fiction and an overt critique of colonialism. This paper analyses the peculiarities of this narrative by taking account of the critical voices against Brink's fiction.

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