n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - "Achtung Gegenverkehr!" - Dialog ohne Einbahnstraße Wie man Geschichte(n) teilen und erzählen kann

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



<b>"Warning : Oncoming Traffic!" A Dialogue in both directions : How (his)stories can be shared and told</b> <br>In the 19th century horror stories, adventure literature and black tales were in vogue. In the majority of cases the protagonists experience an encounter with strange and foreign persons or phenomena. These appear in the shape of savages, aborigines, unknown animals, hybrid scientists and creatures out of control. They are said to come from the so-called dark side of the world. It seems that the experience of the foreign is incomprehensible and indescribable at the same time. The horrorifying foreign can't be a partner in a dialogue. One consequence of this is that there opens up a gap in inter-cultural dialogue that is replaced by imperialism, colonialism and subjection. The Indian sociologist Shalini Randeria introduced the notion "entangled history" to this inter-cultural discourse in order to foster a concept of a mutual communication and dialogue that would be opposed to an one-way-perception of the relationship between different cultures and world regions - and that can be a fruitful concept in literary studies as well.

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