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Fiction, ideology and history : a critical examination of Hans Grimm's novel 'Kaffernland'

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dc.contributor.author Bardien F en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:18Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:18Z
dc.date.created 1987 en
dc.date.submitted 1988 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53444
dc.description.abstract Places Hans Grimm's uncompleted epic, "Kaffernland, eine deutsche Sage" (Kaffraria, a German Legend) within the context of the historical discourse of the 19th century. Central to Grimm's text is the problematic relationship between fiction and historical reality. It relies on the scientific aura of a realist discourse to present itself as having reference to an extra-textual reality. These truth-claims are examined using Roland Barthes' techniques. Grimm's text is located within an intertext dominated by the ideologies of German nationalism, colonial space and fate. His portrayal of mid-19th century political questions is shown as a contradictory amalgam of partisanship. The authoritarian discourse affirms Britain's colonial subjugation of the Xhosa. The focus falls on speaking positions in the text and the power of the coloniser s designating and signifying. Grimm reproduces the mythology of the German Legion as saviours. The mythological discourse is also viewed in the light of the text s attempts to manifest external factual reliability. While Grimm deploys the literary conventions of the modern novel, he also draws on the forms of legend, saga and epic. The text parallels the fate of the German and Xhosa nations and simultaneously signifies the Xhosa as destroyers of Xhosaland. This mythologisation of history is seen as an ideological justification for the expropriation of the Xhosa. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject German literature en
dc.subject Prose literature and fiction en
dc.title Fiction, ideology and history : a critical examination of Hans Grimm's novel 'Kaffernland' en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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