n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Editorial

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273


The contributions of the first part of this edition provide critical perspectives on the fact that Africa, as figure of thought and geographical designation, has been construed as a monolithic block, from colonial times through to the present. At the same time, they concede differentiations between distinct regions in different types of texts. The first two contributions deal with different aspects of Hans Grimm's prose texts dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Gunther Pakendorf examines one of Grimm's motifs borrowed from Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's Judenbuche for his first story entitled "Mordenaars Graf". He poses the question as to whether it would be more appropriate to read Grimm's prose fiction in the context of continuities within and between German realism and early modernism, rather than in the context of German colonial literature. René Freudenthal deals with another novella of Grimm's, "Als Grete aufhörte, ein Kind zu sein". He investigates stereotypes of femininity in the context of its increasing pathologisation in intersecting discourses of the time. Katharina von Hammerstein takes a new look at the travelogues of colonial settler and writer Frieda von Bülow, showing how her ideologically tainted observations on East Africa can be read as a form of visual rhetoric. Albert Gouaffo investigates forms of literary voice and identity in African autobiographies written in German, with special reference to the autobiography of Nigerian transmigrant Chima Oji. Extrapolating from Yoruba and Koteba theatre productions, Amadou oury Ba traces the influence of Brecht's theories in West African contexts.

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