The contributions in this volume examine literary and other texts as well as cultural and political discourses in relation to issues of identity formation and dis-formation, of self and society and of the socially local within the global. All these issues come into play through the exploration of the fantasmatic space of mutual mis-recognition and mythmaking between coloniser and colonised, between ‘Africa’ and ‘Europe’.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 288 pp., 5 fig., 1 table
Contents: Carlotta von Maltzan: Introduction: En/Countering Myths – Thokozile Chaane: Hide and Seek – Lutz van Dijk:
Black Inspiration – Renate Welsh: My African Myths – Gcina Mhlophe: Fly, Hat, Fly! – Gunther Pakendorf: Travellers at the
Cape, and what they saw – Mawuena Logan: The Image of Africa in the Age of Imperialism and Beyond: The Myth of Postcolonial
Africa – Kathleen Thorpe: «The state and dignity of an English Gentleman». Thoughts on KingSolomon’s Mines
by H. Rider Haggard – Bert Olivier: Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan - Myth and/or Critique? – Catherine du Toit: Beyond
the Mask: Guy de Maupassant in Algeria – Karen Bouwer: Werewere Liking’s It Shall Be of Jasper and Coral: Of Skins
and Masks – Violet B. Lunga: Of Hair Identities: Stretching Postcolonial Cultural Identities – Suzanne de Villiers-Human:
Art and Magic: The Mask of Wildness – Kennedy C. Chinyowa: Battling between Alienation and Desire: Images of «European-ness/Western-ness»
in Contemporary Zimbabwean Literature – Lynda Morgan: Landscapes of Guilt and Desire in the Novels of Thirza Nash – Raylene
Ramsay: Under the Influence? The Work of Mariama Bâ, Tradition, Islam and the Universal – Pamela S. Saur: European Literary
Encounters with North Africa’s Physical Environment – Joachim Garbe: Healing and Destructive Powers of the Desert in the Works
of Ingeborg Bachmann and Tayeb Salih – Nadja D. Krämer: Hans Grimm’s Afrikafahrt West: A Journey into the Unknown?
– Ingrid Laurien: «A Land of Promise?» Autobiography and Fiction in Frieda von Bülow’s East-African Novels – Ulrike Auga:
Cultural Politics in South Africa in Transition. Or, Multiculturalism and Economic Policy – Ulrike Kistner: Apartheid and
Fascism, Racism and Anti-Semitism: The Political History of a Comparison – John McAllister: «These White Men Know Everything»:
Technology Encounters, Comedy and Ambivalence in African Exploration – Dominique Bediako: Reading African Literature in Germany
– Robert Buranello: Tra i reticolati: The Literature of Italian Prisoners of War in South Africa – Alida Poeti: Black
Harlequin: Italian Theatre Crossing Cultural Boundaries.