Title

الأنا - الآخر: أفريقيا في مرآة رحالة ألمان ( ١٨٤٧ - ١٨٤٧ ) / The Self-The Other: Africa in the Mirror of German Travellers (1847-1923)

Authors

Fatima Massoud

Program

ALIF

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http://www.jstor.org/stable/521623

All Authors

مسعود, فاطمة; Massoud, Fatima

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Publication Date

1997

doi

https://www.doi.org/10.2307/521623

Abstract

[The "Self" covered in this article is the German travellers-be they ethnographers, explorers, scientists or adventurers-who left Europe for Africa between the mid nineteenth-century and the early nineteen twenties. Analysis of different travelogues and experiences with the "Other" shows that these voyages explored not only the image of a native African, but also modified the image of the Self. The article draws on insights provided by the Egyptian philosopher Mahmoud Ragab in his recent book Falsafat al-mirat (Philosophy of the Mirror, 1994) to illuminate the writings of German travellers: Heinrich Barth, Gustav Nachtigal, Alfred Brehm, Albert Schweitzer and Leo Frobenius. The article shows the changes which the "Self" and the "Other" underwent through encounters and how they were at times pitted against each other, and at other times reflected each other in the discourse of the travellers.]

First Page

99

Last Page

123

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