Intercontinental Travel in Francophone African Literature
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
Over the past two decades, scholarly interest in travel and travel writing has developed significantly. Critical engagement with issues such as imperialism, postcolonialism, ethnography, and cultural anthropology has led to increasingly sophisticated readings of the travel writing genre and a growing acknowledgement of its complex history. This volume is the first of its kind to identify a specifically Sub-Saharan African lineage within the broader tradition of travel writing, and it explores the reason for Africans’ exclusion from the genre, as well as the important relationship between ethnicity and travel in the concerns that define African writers’ approaches to travel.
Abbreviations and Note on Translations
Introduction: History, Genre and New Ways of Reading Travel
1 Mirages de Paris: Staged Encounters of the Exotic Kind
2 Kocoumbo, l'étudiant noir: Foreign Studies
3 Un Nègre à Paris: Tourist Tales
4 Atlantic Travels: Beyond the Slave Ship?
5 L'Africain du Groenland: 'Primitive' on 'Primitives'
6 Le petit prince de Belleville, Maman a un amant: Immigrants and Tourists