Representations of West Africa as Exotic in British Colonial Travel Writing

Representations of West Africa as Exotic in British Colonial Travel Writing

By: Claudia Gualtieri (author)Hardback

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Dr. Gualtieri moves into the field of cultural encounters looking at the representation of West Africa as exotic in colonial travel writing in the light of postcolonial criticism. The aim is to show how forms of cultural negotiation operate in the British colonial discourse of West Africa. Key themes related to traveling are explored to focus on how geographical locations also mark historical and cultural difference.


List of Abbreviations i Acknowledgements iii Preface v Introduction 1 1 Male travel writing, 1799-1832 41 Mungo Park, Travels into the Interior of Africa (1799, 1815) Richard and John Lander, Journal of an Expedition (1832) 2 Women's travel writing, 1897-1912 99 Mary Kingsley, Travels in West Africa (1897) Mary Gaunt, Alone in West Africa (1912) 3 Colonial adventure tales, 1884-1911 153 G. A. Henty, By Sheer Pluck (1884) Edgar Wallace, Sanders of the River (1911) 4 Travel writing in English by native-born West Africans, 1789-1909 189 Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative (1789) Samuel Adjai Crowther, Journal of an Expedition (1842) A. B. C. Merriman-Labor, Britons through Negro Spectacles (1909) Conclusion 253 Bibliography 263 Index 281

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  • ISBN13: 9780773470651
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780773470651
  • ISBN10: 0773470654

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