The Image of Africa in Contemporary Swiss Literature
Africa has been and still is the "Dark Continent" for most Europeans, including intellectuals. While the USA, Latin America and increasingly Asia have received extensive attention and critical reflection in contemporary Swiss literature, a preoccupation with Africa is still relatively rare. I will analyze several texts by Swiss authors (Urs Widmer, Walter Vogt, Andre Kaminski, Franco Supino, et. al.), who have chosen Africa as a topos, and I will attempt to determine how the perception of "the other" mirrors or combats stereotypes and expectations.
Prof. Romey Sabalius
San Jose State University