South African Space(s) and Belonging(s). A critical analysis of Max Annas’ thriller Die Mauer in consideration of teaching German as a Foreign Language (GFL) within South African Tertiary Education.

Crous, Mikhaila (2018-03)

Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2018

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT : South African Space(s) and Belonging(s). A critical analysis of Max Annas’ thriller Die Mauer in consideration of teaching German as a Foreign Language (GFL) within South African Tertiary Education. Aiming to address the relevance of GFL within South African Tertiary Education, the focus of the following thesis is South African space(s) and belonging(s) as portrayed in Annas’ prizewinning thriller Die Mauer (2017). The thriller follows the perspective of various actors from different walks of life and from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. They are all brought together within the context of a gated community in a suburb of East London. Using Lefebvres Theory on the Production of Space, the thesis explores spaces and belongings. “Social space works (along with its concept) as a tool for the analysis of society” (Lefebvre 1991:33-34), so too, Wagner-Egelhaaf (2015:18) believes literature to be a seismograph for society. The thriller creates a space to which the South African GFL-student can relate, because it addresses so many divergent South African conte(x/n)ts. This is supported by Sarah Nuttalls (2009:11) concept of entanglement in terms of which “identities, spaces, histories […] come together or find points of intersection in unexpected ways”. Regardless of where the reader (or GFL-student) feels that (s)he belongs, through the various cultural patterns (Deutungsmuster) identifiable within the book, trans-national discourses relevant to the South African and D-A-CH context can be opened. The thesis addresses the hypothesis that space constructs, constitutes and assigns belonging(s).

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING : Suid-Afrikaanse Ruimtes en Toebehorens. ’n Kritiese analise van Max Annas se spanningsroman Die Mauer met inagneming van die onderrig van Duits as ’n Vreemde Taal ten opsigte van Suid-Afrikaanse tersiêre onderrig. Die tesis poog om die relevansie van Duits as ’n Vreemde Taal ten opsigte van Suid-Afrikaanse tersiêre onderrig aan te spreek. Daarvolgens berus die fokus op Suid-Afrikaanse ruimtes en toebehorens soos dit weerkaats word in Annas se pryswenner spanningsroman Die Mauer (2017). Die spanningsroman volg die perspektiewe van verskillende figure uit verskeie lewensterreine en hul onderskeie sosio-ekonomiese en kulturele agtergronde. Hulle word saamgebind deur die konteks van ‘n sekuriteitskompleks (gated community) in ‘n voorstad van Oos Londen. Deur die gebruik van Lefebvre se teorie la production de l’espace (“the production of space”) bekyk die tesis verskeie ruimtes en toebehorens. “Social space works (along with its concept) as a tool for the analysis of society” (Lefebvre 1991:33-34), so ook glo Wagner-Egelhaaf (vgl. 2015:18) dat literatuur as ’n seismograaf vir die samelewing optree. Die spanningsroman konstrueer ’n ruimte waarbinne die Suid-Afrikaanse Duits student aanklank kan vind, aangesien soveel Suid-Afrikaanse kontekstuele en kontensieuse temas gestalte vind. Hierby sluit Sarah Nuttall (vgl. 2009:11) se konsep van entanglement sterk aan, deurdat: “identities, spaces, histories […] come together or find points of intersection in unexpected ways”. Ongeag die leser se perspektief of gevoel van ‘behoort aan’ of ‘behoort tot’ kan met hierdie spanningsroman en die verskeie identifiseerbare kulturele patrone (Deutungsmuster) daarbinne, transkontinentale diskoerse en redevoerings relevant tot die Suid-Afrikaanse en D-A-CH konteks ge-open word. Die tesis hipotetiseer die volgende: ruimte konstrueer, konstitueer en orden toebehorens (‘behoort aan’ of ‘behoort tot’).

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