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Die Balkanstaaten in ausgewählten Werken von Juli Zeh
The Balkan States in selected works by Juli Zeh

Author(s): Darija Glibić
Subject(s): Regional Geography, German Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Sociology of Literature
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Mostaru
Keywords: Juli Zeh; Balkan states; German literature;
Summary/Abstract: The paper will deal with various images and stereotypes of Balkan countries in the works Adler und Engel and Die Stille ist ein Geräusch of Juli Zeh. The emergence of stereotypes is often linked to the perception of one’s own and thus to the constitution of a self-image. Juli Zeh is one of the best German authors of the younger generation. The Balkans prove to be the leitmotif in these works. Her debut novel Adler und Engel (2003) has been translated into 31 languages and speaks about drug trafficking and war in the Balkans. In 2001 she traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina and in her travelogue Die Stille ist ein Geräusch (2001) describes the country and first-hand experiences after the war. In conclusion, it can be said that Juli Zeh does not deal theoretically with stereotypes, but postulates the concepts with which people perceive and interpret the world. She wants to get to know and experience the unknown country herself and introduce her to the people. In doing so, however, she indirectly, subconsciously also produces negatively connoted stereotypes.

  • Page Range: 187-199
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: German
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