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Acta Germanica

German Studies in Africa

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Carlotta von Maltzan

Der erste Teil «Afrika schreiben», zugleich Schwerpunktsetzung des Jahrbuchs, versammelt Beiträge über Afrikaverarbeitungen in der deutschen Literatur und im kulturellen Gedächtnis, die bezeugen, dass der afrikanische Kontinent nicht erst seit seiner Kolonisierung zu Imaginationen im europäischen Raum geführt, sondern auch heute noch Relevanz hat. Der zweite Teil «Sprache und Übersetzung» setzt sich mit Zusammenhängen von Sprache und Übersetzung sowie Fragen der Zugehörigkeit und Identität auseinander. Der dritte Teil enthält eine Reihe von allgemeinen Beiträgen zu literarischen Verarbeitungen des Ersten Weltkriegs, zu Aspekten kultureller und jüdischer Identität, aber auch zu Identitätskonstruktionen in neuerer deutscher Literatur und Gegenwartsliteratur, genauso wie zu Lesekonventionen und Gattungsfragen. Der dritte Teil schließt mit einem Beitrag zu Felicitas Hoppe ab. Zudem wird in einem Interview mit der Georg-Büchner-Preisträgerin von 2012, das im Anschluss zu lesen ist, ihr Südafrikabesuch im September 2014 gewürdigt.


The first part, entitled «Writing Africa», is devoted to the focus of this journal. It comprises contributions which analyse the writing of Africa in German literary texts and in cultural memory thereby demonstrating that the African continent has not only been subject to the European imagination since it was colonised, but still holds relevance there today. In the second part of this volume, namely «Language and Translation», contributions investigate the connection between language and translation and between belonging and identity. The third part contains a number of general articles, ranging from analyses of literary texts which were written about the First World War to aspects of cultural and Jewish identity as manifested in literary texts, from (de)constructions of identity in 20th century and contemporary German literature to examining conventions of reading and questions of genre. The third part concludes with an article on Felicitas Hoppe, winner of the Georg-Büchner-prize in 2012, followed by an interview with the author who visited South Africa in September 2014.

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ROLF ANNAS was born in Cape Town. He studied German and English at Stellenbosch University where he also completed his DLitt on „Zur Darstellung Südafrikas in der überregionalen Presse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“. He has been teaching German in Stellenbosch since 1982 and is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. His research interests are German as a Foreign Language, German in South Africa, German migration to South Africa as well as German literature about Africa for young readers. He has published articles in Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik, Acta Germanica, eDUSA as well as numerous chapters in books.[ra@sun.ac.za]

BRUNO ARICH-GERZ graduated at the University of Cologne and received his PhD from the University of Constance. He taught German and English studies at the universities of Antwerp, Darmstadt, Cologne and Wuppertal. His research interests include Namibian culture, literature and linguistic varieties, and memory culture.[arich2gerz@web.de]

ISABEL DOS SANTOS was raised in Baden-Württemberg and studied German, English and Portuguese at Coimbra University, Portugal and at UNISA, South Africa. She has been lecturing German Literature and German as a Foreign Language at Stellenbosch University since 1995. Her research interests include the German Romantic Period, fairy tales, Austrian Literature of the interwar period, women in literature, youth literature and the suggestopedic didactic approach to foreign language learning. She has published in the Conditio Judaica Series, the Nova Revija (Slovenia), the journals Acta Germanica, JIG and Literator and has contributed various...

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