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Fellow (1 September 2001 - 30 June 2002)
During my ten-month stay at NIAS, I started a new research project on twentieth-century travel literature. Although I have research experience in the field of an affiliated literary ego-document, modern autobiography, for me the travel-diary was a new and relatively unknown object of research. Its anthropological thematics, its hybrid theoretical position, on the borderline between fiction and non-fiction, its rhetorical idiosyncrasies (indexical notation instead of narrative representation, temporal perspective of the present) demand an approach that differs from that of 'ordinary' fiction. I choose Gide's Travels in the Congo (1928) as a starting point. Because of the social and political preoccupations that Gide intertwines with his aesthetics here, the Congo-diary is an important document in French colonial history. As a form of literary expression too it is of great importance, because it refers to a capital shift that was taking place in twentieth-century culture, the shift from essentialist to 'existential' thinking.
The outcome of this research project was a 30-page article I wrote on Gide's travel-diary, which will be published this year. I will use the data I gathered during my NIAS stay for a bookpublication on the twentieth-century travel-diary.
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