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Forms and Obstacles of Reparation in Bernhard Jaumann's Der lange Schatten

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Sene, Ibrahima:
Forms and Obstacles of Reparation in Bernhard Jaumann's Der lange Schatten.
In: Laarmann, Mario ; Fongang, Clément Ndé ; Seemann, Carla ; Vordermayer, Laura (ed.): Reparation, Restitution, and the Politics of Memory : Perspectives from Literary, Historical, and Cultural Studies = Réparation, restitution et les politiques de la mémoire : Perspectives littéraires, historiques et culturelles. - Berlin ; Boston : de Gruyter , 2023 . - pp. 225-242 . - (Beyond Universalism / Partager l’universel ; 3 )
ISBN 978-3-11-079950-7

Official URL: Volltext

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Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Abstract in another language

A revival of debates on colonialism and its legacies has been observedfor decades, both in the former colonies and in the former metropolises, which areincreasingly dealing with their own colonial heritage. Beyond political and aca-demic discourse, fiction as a social discourse also responds to and sometimes influ-ences these public debates, as it is the case for the novelDer lange Schatten[TheLong Shadow] (2015) by Bernard Jaumann. The material of this crime novel em-bodies memories of the restitution ceremony held at Berlin Charité in 2011 and ofthe shared colonial history between Namibia and Germany. This chapter thereforeanalyses questions of reparation dealt with in Jaumann’s book and the mechanismsof legitimisation or instrumentalisation of historical narratives. Accordingly, thethesis put forward here is that this novel addresses the lack of cohesion betweenthe Namibian government and the Herero and Nama people in contemporary Na-mibia as an obstacle to the recognition of genocide and thus to reparations.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: No
Keywords: Reparation; restitution; fiction; Berlin Charité; historical narrative; colonialism; Germany; Namibia; Der lange Schatten; Bernhard Jaumann; Herero; Nama
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Professor History of Africa
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Professor History of Africa > Professor History of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 430 German and related languages
800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric, criticism
800 Literature > 830 German and related literatures
900 History and geography
900 History and geography > 900 History
900 History and geography > 940 History of Europe
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 11 May 2023 09:00
Last Modified: 11 May 2023 09:00