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 The second part of this volume presents contributions on Karl Grosse’s novel Der Genius, on the unpublished correspondence between Insel publishers and Stefan Zweig during the First World War, on Egon Friedell’s Judastragödie of 1923, on Gerhart Hauptmann’s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.
Exploring Notions of Identity and Multiculturalism. A close reading of Zafer Şenocak’s Die Prärie (1997) KENDALL PETERSEN
Exploring Notions of Identity and Multiculturalism A close reading of Zafer Şenocak’s Die Prärie (1997) KENDALL PETERSEN University of South Africa, Pretoria Abstract Zafer Şenocak was born in Ankara in 1961, but grew up in Istanbul and moved to Ger- many at the age of eight. He currently lives and works in Berlin. His novel entitled Die Prärie (1997) narrates the fragmented story of Sascha, who in turn narrates his very own (and equally fragmented) story. Sascha is a restless character and is constantly travelling and moving. Ultimately this travelling leads him to the American Prairie. Through a close reading of the novel, this paper will explore the consequences of Sascha’s restlessness, particularly in terms of how it relates to the concept of multi- culturalism, as well as that of national and cultural identity and identification. Zafer Şenocak was born in Ankara in 1961, as the only child in his middle-class Turkish family1. Şenocak grew up in Istanbul and moved to Munich at the age of eight. In 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, he relocated to Berlin after having been awarded a scholarship for young authors. He currently lives in Berlin and works as a journalist, but has also published novels, collections of essays and poetry2. Şenocak claims that despite the similarities to his own biography, that his novels are not auto- biographical at all, but refers instead to the parallels to his own story, as the ‘personal background’ present in literature, which serves...
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