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.
College and Department
Humanities; Germanic and Slavic Languages
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Klammer, Ivana R., "Reinventing the Colonial Fantasy in the Post-WWII era: Jovita Epp's Amado Mio" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2285.
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