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ACTA GERMANICA

GERMAN STUDIES IN AFRICA- Jahrbuch des Germanistenverbandes im südlichen Afrika- Journal of the Association for German Studies in Southern Africa- Band/Volume 41/2013

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Edited By Carlotta von Maltzan

Der erste Teil versammelt Beiträge, die unterschiedliche Bezüge zum Thema Reisen und Wissenschaft sowie Afrika herstellen. Vorgestellt werden zunächst der wenig bekannte Afrikaforscher Emil Holub, sowie Erfahrungen von fünf Afrikanern, die Deutschland und Österreich im 19. Jh. bereisten. Es folgt eine Übersicht zum Afrikakrimi und dem reisenden Detektiv als Ermittlerfigur. Anschließend wird Seyfrieds Roman Herero einer Neubewertung unterzogen. Weitere Beiträge befassen sich mit Volker Brauns Sozialismuskritik in der Nachfolge des Spätaufklärers Wieland, mit der Frage der Adoption in Lessings Nathan der Weise, mit Expeditionsberichten über die Arktis und ihren fiktionalen Vorwegnahmen im 19. und 20. Jh., mit Zafer Şenocaks Roman Die Prärie und abschließend mit Hans-Ulrich Treichels Der Papst, den ich gekannt habe von 2007. Der zweite Teil präsentiert allgemeine Beiträge. Untersucht werden Karl Grosses Roman Der Genius, der unveröffentlichte Briefwechsel zwischen dem Verleger des Insel Verlags und Stefan Zweig während des ersten Weltkriegs, Egon Friedells Judastragödie von 1923, Gerhart Hauptmanns autobiographischen Schriften sowie zuletzt Christian Krachts umstrittener Roman Imperium. Zwei Interviews mit Thomas Stangl und Philipp Khabo Koepsell runden den Band ab.
The first part of this volume comprises contributions dealing with different approaches to the theme of travel and science, partly inspired by searches on the African continent. It opens with an article on Emil Holub, a relatively unknown Africa traveller, followed by an article analysing the recorded experiences of Africans travelling Germany and Austria in the nineteenth century. Another article provides an overview over detective novels set in Africa, with the travelling detective as a mediating figure. Seyfried’s novel Herero is the subject of a reappraisal. Other contributions deal with Volker Braun’s critique of real existing socialism, written in the tradition of the late Enlightenment critic Wieland, with the question of adoption in Lessing’s Nathan der Weise, with reports of expeditions to the Arctic and its fictional predecessors in the nineteenth and twentieth century, with Zafer Şenocak’s novel Die Prärie; and finally, with Hans-Ulrich Treichel’s 2007 narrative Der Papst, den ich gekannt habe. The second part of this volume presents contributions on Karl Grosse’s novel Der Genius, on the unpublished correspondence between Insel publishers and Stefan Zweig during the First World War, on Egon Friedell’s Judastragödie of 1923, on Gerhart Hauptmann’s autobiographical writings, and on Christian Kracht’s controversially received novel Imperium. This volume ends with two interviews, one with Thomas Stangl and another one with Phlipp Khabo Koepsell.

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The first part of this volume is dedicated to contributions emerging from the 26th Confer- ence of the South African German Studies Association on ‘Travel and Science’, held in Potchefstroom in April 2013. FLORIAN KROBB introduces Emil Holub’s searches – conduct- ed in the course of two journeys across Southern Africa, in the service of “science and fa- therland”, at the end of the nineteenth century - which have remained relatively obscure to this day. KATHARINA VON HAMMERSTEIN investigates the ways in which five Africans relate experiences gathered in the course of their travels through Germany and Austria during the nineteenth century. JULIA AUGART provides an overview over detective novels set on the African continent, focusing on the mediating figure of the travelling detective. In her con- tribution on Seyfried’s critically acclaimed novel Herero, MARION PAPE calls for a reap- praisal. According to NADJA REINHARD, Volker Braun, in critically engaging with real ex- isting socialism via the apperception of an ‘internal Africa’, finds himself in a tradition of critique practiced by Wieland in the late stages of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment also features in the article by PATRICE DJOUFACK, who reappraises Lessing’s famous drama Nathan der Weise, investigating the discursive conditions through which adoption can ap- pear as cultural practice beyond the virtue of tolerance. DORIT MÜLLER’s contribution fo- cuses on reports of expeditions across the arctic, and their prior fictionalisations, and their accompanying commentaries and literary renditions in the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. KENDALL PETERSEN’s contribution...

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