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May Ayim

Title: May Ayim: A Woman in the Margin of German Society.
Name(s): MacCarroll, Margaret, author
Maier-Katkin, Birgit, professor directing thesis
Adolph, Winnifred, committee member
Simons, John, committee member
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This work explores the life of the Afro-German writer May Ayim by analyzing her writings as well as by discussing the social circumstances in which she lived. Chapter 1 provides a look at the Ayim's life, with special emphasis on major factors influencing her childhood. The effects of the personal as well as social pressures that Ayim dealt with as a child and young adult are also discussed. Chapter 2 focuses on the history of Afro-German children born shortly after World War II. Chapter 3 includes an explanation of Minor Literature and an examination of May Ayim as an author of such literature. Her importance as such is established. Due to Ayim's position outside the mainstream of German society social factors that greatly affected her life as a result of this situation are discussed in Chapter 4. These factors are: identity, culture, and ethnicity. In Chapter 5 Ayim's attempts to incorporate both the white and black aspects of herself despite the deeply rooted history of racism in Germany also discussed. Chapter 6 includes an examination of the toll that Ayim's familial and social experiences played on her feelings of romantic love, especially toward another Afro-German. In Chapter 7 there is an examination of the exhaustion that Ayim felt toward the end of her life.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2814 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: April 1, 2005.
Keywords: Blacks in Germany, Afro-deutsche, Afro-Germans, May Ayim, May Opitz
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Birgit Maier-Katkin, Professor Directing Thesis; Winnifred Adolph, Committee Member; John Simons, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Languages, Modern
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Owner Institution: FSU

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