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Nord-Sud aller-retour. Le récit de voyage érudit au XIXsiècle entre orientalisme et boréalisme
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0906-7661
2016 (French)In: Etudes germaniques, ISSN 0014-2115, Vol. 71, no 2, 201-215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

North-South Round-trip. The Scholar travelogue in the XIX century between orientalism and borealism

The article discusses the concept of « borealism », elaborated by analogy with Edward Said’s « orientalism », and the way it might be applied to the works ofthree French language scholars from the second half of the nineteenth century who visited the north of Scandinavia as well as North Africa and the Middle East. Thetravelogues from trips to Lapland and to Algeria by the botanist Charles Martins andthe philologist Xavier Marmier, both members of La Recherche-expedition (1838-1839), are examined in the first place. The essay of Belgian historian and traveler Eugene Goblet d’Alviella, Sahara and Lapland (1873) completes the picture. The similarities and differences in the discursive and imaginary structures of the texts, describing geographically and culturally distant territories (even seen as opposite according to the North/South paradigm), show in each case the importance of the context of utterance (historical, ideological, individual) and make it possible to evaluate the methodological validity of the concept « borealism ».

Abstract [sv]

I den här artikeln diskuteras begreppet « borealism » – motsvarigheten till EdwardSaids « orientalism » – utifrån några icke-skönlitterära reseskildringar, dels från norra Skandinavien, dels från Mellanöstern och Nordafrika. Fokus ligger i första hand på reseberättelser från Lappland och Algeriet skrivna av två medlemmarav den franska La Recherche-expeditionen (1838-1839) : botanisten Charles Martins och filologen Xavier Marmier. Essän Sahara et Laponie (1873) av den belgiske historikern Eugène Goblet d’Alviella kompletterar bilden. Genom att jämföra dediskursiva och tematiska strukturerna i texternas beskrivningar av de skilda territorierna (som enligt Norr/Syd paradigmet skall framstå i huvudsak som motsatser), lyfter artikelförfattaren fram betydelsen av den historiska, ideologiska och individuella kontexten och diskuterar validiteten i borealism-begreppet.

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2016. Vol. 71, no 2, 201-215 p.
Keyword [fr]
boréalisme, orientalisme, récits de voyages, Goblet d'Alviella, Marmier, Martins
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
French; History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132166ISI: 000379278100003OAI: diva2:949887
Available from: 2016-07-25 Created: 2016-07-25 Last updated: 2016-08-08Bibliographically approved

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