Sketching a little piece of home: Frieda von Buelow imagines German national identity Public Deposited

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  • Hoag, Charles Henry
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • This thesis examines the role of Frieda von Buelow's published memoir Reisescizzen und Tagebuchblaetter aus Deutsch-Ostafrika (1889) in the construction of German national identity following the unification of Germany in 1871. Although better known for her popular works of fiction and her activism for imperial causes such as the acquisition of colonies in Africa, von Buelow's journal demonstrates how German national identity was created in writing as a result of the author's imagination and interaction with other Europeans in European-controlled colonial spaces. To explore the ways in which German national identity is constructed this thesis focuses upon culturally signifcant concepts like Heimat and the author's definition of Germanness. In particular, the use of Heimat within the travelogue, despite being almost exclusively outisde European Germany, exhibits characteristics that are found in previous scholarly analyses of Heimat based exclusively or mostly upon European space and experiences.
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