Representations of Africa in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: South Africa - Essay

Clifton C. Crais (essay date winter 1991)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Crais, Clifton C. “The Vacant Land: The Mythology of British Expansion in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.” Journal of Social History 25, no. 2 (winter 1991): 255-68.

[In the following excerpt, Crais explores the genealogy of the dominant political and historical myth posited by Whites in South Africa that the land they settled was empty and that Blacks had no prior claim to the spaces that were colonized, a myth that forged also the negative image of the African as Other.]

The historiography of South Africa over the past four decades is impressive for its lack of attention to the study of the changing image of the black in the white eye and the creation and...

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Bruce Mazlish (essay date October 1993)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Mazlish, Bruce. “A Triptych: Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, Rider Haggard's She, and Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race.Comparative Studies in Society and History: An International Quarterly 35, no. 4 (October 1993): 726-44.

[In the following essay, Mazlish examines the influence of H. Rider Haggard's novel She on Sigmund Freud and the influence of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel The Coming Race on Haggard before discussing how the three men understood ideas about race, gender, and imperialism in order to show how Africa was commonly used in nineteenth-century discourse as a symbol of the repressed consciousness.]

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Lindy Stiebel (essay date April 2000)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Stiebel, Lindy. “‘As Europe is to Africa, So is Man to Woman’: Gendering Landscape in Rider Haggard's Nada the Lily.Current Writing 12, no. 1 (April 2000): 63-74.

[In the following essay, Stiebel argues that in his fiction H. Rider Haggard sexualizes and feminizes the African landscape.]

The geographies of adventures … enable writers and readers to remove themselves from the messy realities and textured experiences of here and now, enabling them to imagine alternatives, other possible worlds, departures from the status quo.

(Phillips 1997:168)

One of Rider...

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