Regards croisés: James Henry Dorugu's nineteenth-century European travel account

Winckler, Julia (2009) Regards croisés: James Henry Dorugu's nineteenth-century European travel account Journeys, 10 (2). pp. 1-30. ISSN 1465-2609

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Abstract

This article focuses on the little known travel account: The Life and Travels of Dorugu recorded by James Henry Dorugu in the 1850s. Dorugu was a freed slave, who traveled from Africa to Europe with the German explorer Heinrich Barth in 1855. Dorugu's story is a precious and rare eyewitness account of a nineteenth-century African visitor to London, Hamburg, and Berlin. Most travel writing of the period was done by Western travelers who observed the cultures they visited from a eurocentric perspective. In Dorugu's account, the observed becomes the observer. The stories told by the African guides are indispensable to our contemporary understanding of historical expeditions. Although marginalized at the fringes of official histories, Dorugu played a pivotal role as an informed mediator among European explorers, missionaries, and Africans.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:nineteenth-century African travel writing in Europe; James Henry Dorugu; Frederick Buxton Abbega; Heinrich Barth; James Frederick Schön; colonialism
Subjects:V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area > V250 African History
Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects > T500 African studies
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area > V220 European History
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W600 Photography and Film > W640 Photography
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.3167/jys.2009.100201
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Arts and Media
ID Code:9129
Deposited By:Julia Winckler
Deposited On:13 Oct 2011 14:14
Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 11:57

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