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Identity construction in contemporary German literature – Stephan Wackwitz’s Ein unsichtbares Land and Andrea Paluch & Robert Habeck’s Der Schrei der Hyänen

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dc.contributor.supervisor Jaeger, Stephan (German and Slavic Studies) en_US
dc.contributor.author Prinsloo, Pieter W.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-18T21:31:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-18T21:31:19Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/13703
dc.description.abstract This thesis analyzes how identity develops within narratively constructed worlds by examining different processes of identity formation in generational narratives Ein unsichtbares Land by Stephan Wackwitz (2003) and Der Schrei der Hyänen by Andrea Paluch and Robert Habeck (2004). The thesis employs a cultural memory perspective with a particular emphasis on the perception of the reader, with the aid of identity and Generationenroman theory. By gaining an understanding of the cultural memory, individual characters in the fictional or semi-fictional primary texts are able to distinguish between those who belong to a group, and those who do not. The frictions between group identities and the ability to distinguish between groups enables the individual to form new concepts of the self; the texts also show how difference can function as a source of negativity that isolates it from change and new identity formation. en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject German en_US
dc.subject European en_US
dc.subject African en_US
dc.subject Memory en_US
dc.title Identity construction in contemporary German literature – Stephan Wackwitz’s Ein unsichtbares Land and Andrea Paluch & Robert Habeck’s Der Schrei der Hyänen en_US
dc.degree.discipline German and Slavic Studies en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Jaeger, Stephan (German and Slavic Studies) Heberger, Alexandra (German and Slavic Studies) Linda Dietrick (University of Winnipeg) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2013 en_US


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