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For Feridun Zaimoglu’s Leyla. Crime Facts and Fictions / Tom Cheesman

German as a Foreign Language, Volume: 3, Pages: 4 - 25

Swansea University Author: Cheesman, Tom

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Feridun Zaimoglu was accused of committing acts of plagiarism and symbolic matricide in his novel Leyla (2006). The accusations are groundless. The controversy exposes misconceptions among German critics regarding the nature of literary fiction in general, and literary fiction by ethnic minority or...

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Published in: German as a Foreign Language
Published: 2008
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21714
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Abstract: Feridun Zaimoglu was accused of committing acts of plagiarism and symbolic matricide in his novel Leyla (2006). The accusations are groundless. The controversy exposes misconceptions among German critics regarding the nature of literary fiction in general, and literary fiction by ethnic minority or migrant writers in particular. This paper examines the allegations, sets Leyla in the context of some of Zaimoglus other work, and analyses some contested passages in relation to passages in the allegedly plagiarized novel Das Leben ist eine Karawanserai (1992) by Emine Sevgi zdamar.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 4
End Page: 25