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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Fünf Lesekonventionen des Generationenromans
Five Reading Conventions of the Generational Novel
The topic is five ways of reading of the contemporary generational novel written in German. The starting point constitutes Jonathan Culler's proposal that the process of reading is controlled by reader's expectations, first of all in relation to the genre itself. Thus following reading conventions are created : referentiality, discourse of memory, figuration, relation to genre convention, irony/parody. Since the generational novel as an imprecise notion is applied for diverse purposes and denotes many different texts the question about the persuasive function of the used terms as well as about the influence of arbitrary ways of reading gains the more importance.
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