Negotiating Identity: Contemporary German-Namibian Literature and Its Function in the Construction of Identity
Since its independence in 1990, Namibian society has experienced a period of rapid change. Ethnic group that were oppressed under colonial and apartheid regimes have gained political and – to a certain extend – economic powers. On the other hand, social change has also affected once-dominating social groups such as the German-Namibian population. Questions concerning one’s identity as a German-Namibian are ever-present in today’s society. By looking at examples of contemporary German-Namibian literature that has been published since independence, this paper will analyze ways in which these texts negotiate notions of German-Namibian identity. Although both critics and scholars usually see the literary output and merit of German-Namibian literature as limited, this analysis will show its important function in reshaping identity among German-Namibians.
Keywords: German-Namibian Literature Since 1990, Literature and Identity
Mr. Oliver S. Mueller
DAAD-lecturer, Department of Germanic and Romance Languages