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Title:Looking back critically: representations of the 'Herero War' in novels of the GDR (Ferdinand May, Dietmar Beetz)
Author:Hermes, StefanISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal of Namibian Studies
Issue:5
Pages:73-98
Language:English
Geographic terms:Namibia
East Germany
Subjects:novels
German language
Herero revolt
About persons:Ferdinand May (1898-...?)ISNI
Dietmar Beetz (1939-)ISNI
Abstract:Drawing on elements of postcolonial theory, this article analyses two novels of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) dealing with the so-called Herero War, which have been widely ignored by literary criticism so far: Ferdinand May's 'Sturm über Südwest-Afrika' (1962) and Dietmar Beetz's 'Flucht vom Waterberg' (1989). It points out their references to Lenin's concept of imperialism and explores their authentification strategies as well as the construction of the 'black' and 'white' characters plus the way the relations between them are depicted. Finally, it demonstrates to which extent the authors achieve their aim to present a critical view on the historic events - and how they occasionally fail to do so by unintentionally falling back on patterns dominating traditional colonial literature. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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