Vom „Streben zu gerechter Beurteilung des Fremdartigen, ja Abstoßenden“. Trans- und intranationale Wissenszirkulation in John Jewitts captivity narrative
Schlagworte:knowledge circulation, othering, alterity, ethnography, Native Americans, 'Indianer'
Captivity narratives and their inherent knowledge production played a crucial role in the construction of Indigenous peoples as others. The reception of such texts in different geographical and historical spaces was often characterised by interventions that enabled their incorporation into diverging discursive formations. This makes such texts suitable sources for the analysis of knowledge circulation as a productive process. This article shows this by analysing two German adaptations of John Jewitt’s "Narrative" (1815), a highly influential North American captivity narrative. Through a comparative approach, different productive strategies of dealing with knowledge are made visible. Particular attention is paid to the specific image of the “Indianer” that was prevalent in the German context.
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