GERMAN STUDIES IN AFRICA- Jahrbuch des Germanistenverbandes im südlichen Afrika- Journal of the Association for German Studies in Southern Africa- Band/Volume 41/2013
Edited By Carlotta von Maltzan
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 The second part of this volume presents contributions on Karl Grosse’s novel Der Genius, on the unpublished correspondence between Insel publishers and Stefan Zweig during the First World War, on Egon Friedell’s Judastragödie of 1923, on Gerhart Hauptmann’s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.
Der reisende Detektiv. Ermittler im deutschen Afrikakrimi JULIA AUGART
Der reisende Detektiv Ermittler im deutschen Afrikakrimi JULIA AUGART University of Namibia Abstract The travelling detective. The investigator in German crime fiction set in Africa First examples of German crime fiction set on the African continent have been written in the 1970s. However, since the 1990s, but especially in the 21st century it has become a popular genre due to a general popularity of Africa in German fiction and the rise of African crime fiction by non-African and African authors alike. German crime fiction in Africa is set in various African countries and features different crimes and motives as well as differing detections. Nonetheless, they are mainly investigated and solved by a German investigator. This article outlines German crime fiction set in Africa, the char- acteristics of the investigator figure and his/her function in crime fiction. Furthermore, the paper presents and analyzes different types and selected examples of the investiga- tor in German crime fiction in Africa. Finally, their motivation to investigate on the Af- rican continent and the motif to set German crime fiction in Africa is discussed. In den letzten 150 Jahren hat sich das Genre Krimi als eines der erfolgreichsten profiliert (Matzke 2006:1) und immer mehr gewinnt der als Unterhaltungsroman bzw. als triviale Massenliteratur (Nusser 2003:11) geringgeschätzte Kriminalroman in der literaturwissenschaftlichen Forschung Beachtung. Afrikakrimis, Krimis, die sich auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent situieren, gibt es bereits von klassischen Krimiautoren wie Edgar Wallace und Agatha Christie (vgl. Bräunlein 1996:34f). Auch der Krimi aus Afrika,...
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