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Der deutsche ‚koloniale Diskurs‘ aus literaturwissenschaftlicher Sicht

Axel Dunker

Abstract

The following essay discusses definitions of ‘colonial discourse’ from linguistics and literary studies in comparison. While linguistic approaches try to work out empirically the more or less explicitly colonial minded structure of the contemporary discourse, literary studies start from a decidedly postcolonial point of view and aim at bringing into focus the alterity of the texts themselves. An analysis of von Trotha’s extermination order in the war against the Herero and a passage from Theodor Fontane’s novel Effi Briest exemplifies how linguistic descriptions of colonial discourse can be complemented by literary studies.

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