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Journeys from Scandinavia : Travelogues of Africa, Asia, and South America, 1840-2000 (Paperback)

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"Elisabeth Oxfeldt's stimulating readings of eight Scandinavian authors and their literary travelogues create both a constellation and a trajectory. Her well-chosen examples resonate richly with each other as the book progresses, and the wide-ranging theoretical frameworks, chosen to match the concerns of each writer and text, inspire appreciation for the complexity of the Scandinavian travel-writing tradition. Oxfeldt is clearly at home in the analysis of orientalist, postcolonial, and travel discourses, and is an able guide for those unfamiliar with the noncanonical Scandinavian writers in question. For any reader interested in the possibilities of the genre, this is a trip worth taking."---Mark Sandberg, University of California, Berkeley

"Journeys from Scandinavia brings into focus less-known texts by famous Scandinavian authors and illuminates more famous texts through new lenses while reflecting on the genre of the travelogue. Elisabeth Oxfeldt's analysis contributes to our understanding of Scandinavian attitudes toward the foreign countries and peoples depicted in the travelogues."---Monika Zagar, University of Minnesota

Focusing on Danish and Norwegian travelogues, Elisabeth Oxfeldt traces the evolution of Scandinavian travel writing over two centuries using pivotal texts from each era, including works by Hans Christian Andersen, Knut Hamsun, and Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen). Oxfeldt situates each one in its historical and geopolitical context, and her close readings delineate how each travelogue reflects Scandinavia's ongoing confrontation between Self and the non-European cultural Other. A long-overdue examination of travel literature produced by some of Denmark and Norway's greatest writers, Journeys from Scandinavia unpacks the unstable constructions of Scandinavian cultural and national identity and, in doing so, complicates the common assumption of a homogeneous, hegemonic Scandinavia.


Publisher Univ of Minnesota Pr
Mfg Part# 9780816656356
SKU 213456657
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0816656355
Release Date 9/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0301
Publisher University of Minnesota Press
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