B.A. (German Languages and Literatures/History/Educational Sciences)
M.A. (Literary Studies)
Bastian Lasse received his B.A. in German Languages and Literatures, with a minor in History and Educational Sciences (2015), and his M.A. in Literary Studies (2018) at Bielefeld University.
His Master’s thesis deals with Wilhelm Raabe’s Abu Telfan oder Die Heimkehr vom Mondgebirge and explores narratives of homecoming. Jurij M. Lotman’s concept of the “semiosphere” as well as the “sujet” provide the basis for a close reading analysis which seeks to understand how Raabe’s returnees challenge the notion of home.
His further research interests include Gender and Postcolonial Studies. Two recent publications address problems of representation: The article ‘Pioniergeist’ im Worte. Weiblichkeitskonstruktion bei Frieda von Bülow (published in Jahrbuch Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung 14) combines discursive and narratological modes of examination and tries to reconstruct a new discourse on womanhood contrasting conventional self-descriptions as well as ascriptions by women in the colonial setting of the German Empire. Another article is concerned with a re-reading of Hans Christoph Buch’s novel Sansibar Blues (published in Acta Germanica 45). The transformation of postcolonial theory into narratological terminology helps uncovering strategies of dealing with colonial usurpation in contemporary German literature.