Out of Africa Topics for Further Study
by Isak Dinesen

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Topics for Further Study

(Nonfiction Classics for Students)

Research the colonization of Kenya. Discuss how East Africans were treated during the first part of the twentieth century. How has the situation changed?

Read Dinesen's Letters from Africa, and compare it to Out of Africa. What details did Dinesen omit from the latter work? Why do you think she omitted them?

Investigate the culture of the Masai and of the Kikuyu. How does your research compare to Dinesen's characterizations of these tribes in Out of Africa?

Some critics find examples of racism in Dinesen's autobiographical novel. Summarize their arguments and defend or refute them.