Factual Places and Fictional Routes:
On the Porous Boundary between Travel Writing and Narrative Fiction
Abendvortrag zu den historischen Kulturwissenschaften
Referent: Prof. Kai Mikkonen (Universität Helsinki)
Summary: Based on the study Narrative Paths. African Travel in Modern Fiction and Nonfiction (2015), this lecture discusses the principal areas of interaction between nonfiction travel writing, life narratives (journal, memoir) and fiction in the context of early twentieth-century European writing set in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main authors of this research, writing in English and French, include Pierre Loti, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, André Gide, Evelyn Waugh, Michel Leiris, Blaise Cendrars, Georges Simenon and Karen Blixen.