This study explores postcolonial representations of ethnic minorities and the construction of national identities in plays written by six contemporary German-speaking women playwrights, drawing on approaches of cultural and postcolonial studies, African American and other minority feminist criticism, as well as Anglo-American and German feminist scholarship. The study finds that minority characters are reduced to function as catalysts for problems of the German and Austrian community. This work will appeal to scholars in German Studies, feminist studies, and drama.
Britta Kallin is Assistant Professor of German at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Foreword by Sara Friedrichsmeyer; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Representations of the Other; 1. A Philippine, Postcolonial Other in Kerstin Specht's Lila; 2. Vietnamese, Poles, and Turkish-Germans in Elfriede Muller's Goldener Oktober; 3. African Asylum-Seekers and German Kurds in Bettina Fless's Asyl; 4. A Female Gypsy in Gundi Ellert's Jagdzeit; 5. A Moroccan Bedouin in Marlene Streeruwitz's Bagnacavallo; 6. Roma in Elfriede Jelinek's Stecken, Stab und Stangl; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.