Postcolonial Eyes

BookPostcolonial Eyes

Postcolonial Eyes

Intercontinental Travel in Francophone African Literature

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 11


June 1st, 2009





Over the past two decades interest in travel has developed significantly. Critical engagement with imperialism, postcolonialism, diasporas, ethnography and cultural anthropology has led to increasingly sophisticated readings of the travel writing genre and a growing acknowledgement of its complex history. Postcolonial Eyes is the first study of its kind to identify a specifically Sub-Saharan African lineage within the broader tradition of travel writing. As well as exploring the reasons for Africans’ exclusion from the genre, the book examines the important relationship between ethnicity and travel and identifies the concerns and preoccupations that define African writers’ approaches to travel.

Loingsigh's analyses are well developed, clear and concise... the book offers a unique and much needed African perspective on journeying and experiencing -- albeit temporarily -- the world of another.

Journal of Intercultural Studies

A pathbreaking contribution to the vibrant field of tourism and travel studies.
Dominic Thomas

Written in clear and accessible language, this thorough, concise, and theoretically sophisticated study will be of interest to researchers and students in francophone post-colonial studies, travel, and gender studies.

French Studies, vol 65, no 2

... this is an elegantly written, carefully constructed and cogently argued study of francophone African travel narratives that succeeds in its mission of drawing critical attention to a corpus that deserves further scrutiny.
Jane Hiddleston, Studies in Travel Writing, Vol. 14, No. 3

Postcolonial Eyes offers an incisive and judicious assessment of “mobile critical subjects”, highlighting the manner in which the notion of circulation requires vigilant monitoring as we seek to better understand the multidimensionality of “mobility” within the context of the rapidly evolving geopolitical configurations of contemporary global alignments.

Research in African Literatures, Volume 40, Number 4

Author Information

Aedin Ni Loingsigh is a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, she previously taught at the University of Edinburgh. Previous books include 'Thresholds of Otherness' (Grant & Cutler, 2002) with David Murphy.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Abbreviations and Note on Translations
Introduction: History, Genre and New Ways of Reading Travel
1. Mirages de Paris: Staged Encounters of the Exotic Kind
2. Kocoumbo, l’étudiant noir: Foreign Studies
3. Un Nègre à Paris: Tourist Tales
4. Atlantic Travels: Beyond the Slave Ship?
5. L’Africain du Groenland: ‘Primitive’ on ‘Primitives’
6. Le petit prince de Belleville, Maman a un amant: Immigrants and Tourists