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Kulturen im Dialog IV - Culture in Dialogo IV - Cultures in Dialogue IV

Viertes JungakademikerInnen-Forum in Südtirol. Quarto Forum per Neolaureati in Alto Adige. Fourth Forum for Young Graduates in South Tyrol


Annemarie Profanter

JungakademikerInnen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete haben sich mit der Idee den interdisziplinären sowie interkulturellen wissenschaftlichen Dialog zu fördern ans Werk gemacht und setzen sich in ihren Beiträgen mit internationalen Fragen beziehungsweise regionalen Themen auseinander.

Neolaureati di diverse facoltà con l’idea di promuovere il dialogo interdisciplinare come anche quello scientifico interculturale si sono dati da fare e trattano nelle loro opere questioni internazionali ossia temi regionali.

In an aim to promote an interdisciplinary and intercultural scientific dialog young graduates of diverse disciplines have tackled the task of intensive investigation into "cultures in dialogue". In their contributions they deal with questions about international and regional issues.

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The Deconstruction of Identity in Half of a Yellow Sun (Silvia Lercher)


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Silvia Lercher

The Deconstruction of Identity in Half of a Yellow Sun

Abstract This paper explores how a literary work, stemming from the postcolonial context, enables the deconstruction of the West’s perceived notion of the “Other” and engenders the construction of new meaning and ethnic awareness. Half of a Yellow Sun by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a novel that takes its reader on an educational journey about her country’s history and people. The novel challenges the West’s one-sided concept of a warring and subjugated Africa by highlighting, in this particular case, the Nigerian people’s entrepreneurism, intellect and resourcefulness. By depicting “ordinary scenes” of the protagonists in an inhospitable environment, namely that of a brutal civil war, questions of belonging and identity are brought up. The colonial background conditioned the emergence of a new Nigerian consciousness in addition to tribal and ethnic identity. The West’s, particularly Britain’s, economic and missionary intervention in the region resulted in war, human displacement and fragmented selfhood. These vestiges of colonialism have become a concatenation of historical events upon which new identities are built.

1. Introduction

Ever since globalisation has made the world a smaller place, even the most distant cultures have come into contact due to trade, tourism, or migration, for instance. Over time, literature, travel journals, and the media have fed the West a particular concept about certain parts of the world, representing the East as exotic and only understood, as...

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