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"wer bist du hier in dieser stadt, in diesem land, in dieser neuen welt": Die Identitätsbalance in der Fremde in ausgewählten Werken der deutschsprachigen Migrantenliteratur
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of German.
2004 (German)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
"wer bist du hier in dieser stadt, in diesem land, in dieser neuen welt" : The "identity-balance" in a foreign country as shown in selected texts, taken from immigrant literature in Germany and Switzerland. (German)
Abstract [en]

The central concern of this thesis is to investigate the development of the personal identity of the main characters in four novels, a novella, and a short-story, written in German by authors from different countries who have immigrated to post World War II Germany and Switzerland. Earlier research concerning these identity processes is reviewed with emphasis on the relevance of the different theoretical models of development of personal identity used. A model called “identity-balance”, first described by the German sociologist Lothar Krappmann, is used in analysing the changes in personal identity. This model is preferred because of Krappmann’s strong emphasis on interaction, process, and openness. Based upon the results of the interpretations a modification of Krappmann’s model is suggested in order to better shed light upon identity processes following migration. As languages are shown to play a great role in these processes, aspects concerned with multilingualism and the part languages play in the “identity-balance” are discussed throughout the thesis. The textual interpretations reveal the connection between three lines of change: changes in personal identity, changes in society following migration, and changes in the field of literature.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2004. , p. 174
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Studia Germanistica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0585-5160 ; 45
Keyword [en]
German language, contemporary immigrant literature in Germany and Switzerland, Biondi, Demirkan, Florescu, Tekinay, Tschinag, Wodin, identity-balance, interaction, multi-lingualism, migration and globalization
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Tyska
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-4232ISBN: 91-554-5907-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-4232DiVA, id: diva2:164470
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2004-05-15, Ihresalen, Språkvetarcentrum, Villavägen 4, Uppsala, 13:00
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Available from: 2004-04-16 Created: 2004-04-16 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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