Abstract

Austrian playwright Jovita Epp's German language novel Amado mí­o, which takes place in post-WWII Argentina, is a modern adaptation of the traditional colonial novel. As such, the romances between the female main character, an Argentine of German descent, and her two love interests, an Argentine of Spanish descent (Criollo), and an Austrian Argentine, reflect the hopes and fears of persons and/or cultures caught up in the imperialist dreams of their nation. In the wake of WWII, Argentina becomes a space in which European(-descended) settlers can look back at Europe's "barbarism," questioning the imperialist worldviews that brought Europe to the brink of destruction. At the same time, these colonists search for European values that are salvageable from the cultural wreckage in Europe and employable in reconstructing a new identity in Argentina.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Germanic and Slavic Languages

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2010-07-12

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3802

Keywords

German literature, Argentina, post-WWII, colonial romance, Creole, German Argentine, Austrian Argentine, stagnant Other, colonial fantasy, colonization, imperialism, WWII, Europe's moral corruption, ideal colonizer, Germanic core values

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