Magdalena Drywa

Konstruktionen von Authentizität in zeitgenössischer Reiseliteratur

Series: Solivagus Primum, Bd. 1

Though it was established by the scientific community as a literary genre, in German-speaking parts the so called Travel-Literature is considered a non-fiction book. One of the genre’s central claims is to report on an authentic travel and thereby refer to reality. Contrary to those claims are the findings of the Post-Structuralism suspending the literal understanding in narrative texts. This dissertation examines the features marking the narration as ‘authentic’ and how the account of a travel disguises its methods of shaping, arranging, omitting and accentuating certain parts of the narration. The paper analyses eleven travel reports of contemporary authors such as Roger Willemsen, Ilija Trojanow, Helge Timmerberg, Wolfgang Büscher and Matthias Politycki. It demonstrates the role of the concept of authenticity, the varying techniques facilitating it and wether they are consistent with the great variety of the genre.

Solivagus Primum

296 Pages, Hardcover, thread-stitched, Format: 148 x 210 mm, published in June 2018

Language: Deutsch
ISBN: 978-3-943025-50-7
53.00 €

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Literary Studies / 21. Century / Post-Structuralism / Construction of Reality

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Magdalena Drywa, born in Gdynia, Polen, studied Modern German Literature and Media as well as Anglistics and Geography in Kiel, Germany. She worked as an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Modern German Literature and Media and also taught at the Lectorate for German as a Foreign Language. As an awardee of the grant foundation of Schleswig-Holstein Magdalena Drywa received her PhD 2015 with this dissertation at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel.


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