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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:African travel writing
Author:Frank-Wilson, MarionISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation
Geographic term:Africa
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Abstract:Travel writing by Africans falls into several categories: early accounts by Africans travelling to Europe or other parts of Africa, African missionaries travelling to other African countries, involuntary travel as a result of the slave trade and African soldiers serving in Europe during the two world wars, and more recently since independence in the 1960s, fictionalized and autobiographical accounts of Africans travelling to Europe or the United States to pursue their studies and, within that category, African women and their encounters with Western cultures. Since the end of apartheid there has also been a new stream of travel writings from South Africans who travel north and whose works seek to explain and represent the African continent to their fellow South Africans. The present article gives an overview and a bibliography of this genre. The bibliography includes both fiction and nonfiction, with a focus on physical travel, the 'outer journey', rather than the 'inner journey' or journey to self-understanding. The titles are arranged in sections covering early accounts, fiction and autobiography: male writers, female writers, African soldiers' accounts, documentary accounts, from South Africa, and African language texts. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]