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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Wer spricht?
Zur Interaktion von Leser, Text und Kontext in Ilija Trojanows Roman Der Weltensammler
Who speaks? The interaction of reader, text and context in Ilija Trojanow's novel The Collector of Worlds
Using the differences between the German colonial era and the overseas empires of other European nations as a starting point, this paper examines the limits and possibilities of a putative German post-colonial literature with reference to the fundamental question of the authorship of post-colonial narration: Who speaks, about whom, and in whose interest? The main focus of the paper is on Trojanow's novel and his use of complex multi-perspectival narrative techniques which shift constantly between third-person narration, inner monologue and dialogue, whereby the reader is confused by the apparent absence of a central point of view. The concomitant unsettling effect on the question of identity and the power of the authorial persona is at the heart of the resulting destabilisation of the subject-object relation within colonial narrative.
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