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The Autoethnographic (De)Construction: How German writers of Turkish heritage manipulate the German language to reexamine ideas of national identity and -lingualism

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dc.contributor.advisor Brust, Imke
dc.contributor.advisor Fernald, Theodore B.
dc.contributor.author Starace, Emily
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-28T19:54:39Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T19:54:39Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/10350
dc.description.abstract This paper examines how the innovative, non-standard German language and usage presented by minority German authors with Turkish heritage stand as reactions to constructed ideals and myths that pervade modern Germany society. Using the medium of ‘autoethnographic texts,’ these authors work to dissolve the myths of nationhood, monolingualism and a ‘mother tongue’ in order to surmount the limitations they impose. Examining Feridun Zaimoğlu’s novel Kanak Sprak: 24 Misstöne Vom Rande Der Gesellschaft (1995) and Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s work Mutterzunge: Erzählungen (1990), this thesis challenges the precondition of a solely monolingual identity and analyzes these works and the unique languages they employ as commentaries on both the heritage Turkish and the host German culture.
dc.description.sponsorship Tri-College (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges). Department of Linguistics
dc.description.sponsorship Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Department of German and German Studies
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh German literature -- Turkish authors
dc.subject.lcsh Authors, Turkish -- Germany
dc.subject.lcsh Zaimoglu, Feridun, 1964- -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Zaimoglu, Feridun, 1964- Kanak sprak
dc.subject.lcsh Özdamar, Emine Sevgi, 1946- -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh National characteristics, German, in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Özdamar, Emine Sevgi, 1946- Mutterzunge
dc.title The Autoethnographic (De)Construction: How German writers of Turkish heritage manipulate the German language to reexamine ideas of national identity and -lingualism
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access


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