GERMAN STUDIES IN AFRICA- Jahrbuch des Germanistenverbandes im südlichen Afrika- Journal of the Association for German Studies in Southern Africa- Band/Volume 40/2012
Edited By Carlotta von Maltzan
The first part of this edition comprises three contributions with different perspectives on the African continent. Swiss writer Urs Widmer’s novel Im Kongo is the lens through which Hegel’s Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Weltgeschichte is being viewed; Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play Peggy Picket sieht das Gesicht Gottes is read as diagnostic text highlighting the differences between Western and African worlds; and a comparative analysis of Grimms’ and African fairy tales finds different ideas concerning justice at work in the respective moral orders. The second and more general part of this edition presents a reading of Storm’s novella Der Schimmelreiter from the vantage point of development politics; a detailed analysis of texts by hitherto largely unknown writer Veza Canetti; and reflections on the theme of the quest for the good life as it features centrally in Brecht’s literary and theoretical writings. Further contributions deal with literary strategies for the disclosure of politically motivated crimes; with the relationship between different structures of narrative and metafictional narration; and with an investigation of language- and distribution policies pertaining to audiovisual media across the European continent. The third and last part of this edition reports on some teaching and research fields opening possibilities, guided by emancipator visions, for German Studies in post-colonial African contexts.
Notes on Contributors
AKILA AHOULI studied German, education and French at the universities of Lomé in Togo and Hannover in Germany. In 2006 he received his doctorate on orality in con- temporary African and German texts from the University of Hannover. Since 2007 he lectures at the Université de Lomé and teaches at the Goethe-Institut Lomé. His publica- tions include Oralität in modernen Schriftkulturen. Untersuchungen zu afrikanischen und deutschsprachigen Erzähltexten (2007) and research articles in various German and African journals. [email@example.com] CAMILLA BADSTÜBNER-KIZIK was appointed full professor at the Institute of Applied Linguistics (Media and Culture Didactics), Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan in Po- land in 2008. Her research centres on sites of memory in foreign language and culture teaching, language in media, media in foreign language teaching and film didactics. Her recent publications focus on literature, film and didactics as well as on cultural memory. [firstname.lastname@example.org] JOHANNA CANARIS received her Magistra Artium in Modern German Literature and Linguistics as well as Political Science at Konstanz University, Germany; 2009 Assis- tance at Schauspiel Frankfurt; in 2010 she received her doctoral degree at Paderborn University with a thesis on myth and tragedy from Ancient Greece to Modern German Theatre (Mythos Tragödie. Zur Aktualität und Geschichte einer theatralen Wirkungs- weise; 2012). Since 2010 she is research assistant in Paderborn. [email@example.com] HEBATALLAH FATHY is Assistant Professor for modern German literature at Cairo Uni- versity in Egypt. She studied German Literature at Cairo University and the West- fälische Wilhelms-Universit...
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