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In: KulturPoetik 2006, Heft 1

Autor

Andreas Herzog

Titel

›Writing Culture‹ - Poetik und Politik. Arthur Holitschers Das unruhige Asien

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Beitrag

Abstract

In a case study on Arthur Holitschers account of his six-month journey to India, China, and Japan, the essay considers the applicability of ethno-methodological paradigms to the analysis of literary texts. Holitschers perceptions of otherness appear clearly stamped by those very interpretative patterns and constructions of his own civilization which he actually sets out to criticize. While seeking to confirm his political philosophy, the author takes the different facets of the Asian civilizations he experiences as a mere pretext for literary evocations and flights of fancy.