• Seit April
2006 Stipendiat am Graduiertenkolleg
Towards an Ethnic Literary Anthropology: Transposition and Literary Ethnicity in the American Novel
My methodological chapter will encompass a discourse analysis that situates the problem of the ethnic, in the sense of otherness and alterity, as evolving out of a complex interplay between ascription and self-definition. In contrast to oppositional models like Abdul JanMohamed’s (1983) Manichean aesthetics, concepts like W.E.B. DuBois’s double-consciousness or Frantz Fanon’s colonial dynamics, especially in re-readings by Paul Gilroy (1993), Homi K. Bhabha (1994) and Diana Fuss (1995), account for a heterogeneous formation of ethnic and colonial experience which poses the question if the subaltern can speak or not that, in turn, is actually the question if ‘we’ are willing to hear the subaltern voices and engage with them (see Gayatri C. Spivak 1986, Homi K. Bhabha 1994 and Benita Parry 1987 for an oppositional reading of the two). While this shift in discourse has certainly resituated the power relations as a more complex negotiation, the multicultural paradigm that Bhabha attacks so convincingly is still prominent in popular discourse and academic institutionalization. It is also through an investigation of academic mechanisms that I formulate my critique and reassessment of the treatment of ethnic literatures.
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„‘A Revision of Venice?’: William Dean Howells’ Venetian Life and the Dynamics of Seeing, Knowing and Representing”
[DGfA-Jahrestagung in Göttingen, 10-06-2006]