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Journeys from Scandinavia; travelogues of Africa, Asia, and South America, 1840-2000.

9780816656356

Journeys from Scandinavia; travelogues of Africa, Asia, and South America, 1840-2000.

Oxfeldt, Elisabeth.

U. of Minnesota Press

2010

301 pages

$25.00

Paperback

PT7073

Oxfeldt (Scandinavian studies, Oslo U., Norway) has written an engaging study of the travelogues, art, and fiction produced by eight Danes and Norwegians from 1840 to the present, showing how their work demonstrates attitudes towards non-Scandinavians on levels of race, class, and gender. The artists and writers considered are Hans Christian Andersen, Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann, Knut Hamsun, Johannes V. Jensen, Isak Dinesen, Axel Jensen, Carsten Jensen, and Erlend Loe. Oxfeldt, employing post-colonialist theory to form her arguments, quotes extensively from the works of each writer as she considers the nuances of Orientalist and other viewpoints displayed in their treatment of fictional characters who live in Greece, the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East.

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