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Transforming Characters: Languages and Forms in early Modern French Travel Writing to the Caribbean
Uppsala University.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This presentation places itself within the topic “Travelers, or the transformation of identities.” However, dealing with travel writing from the middle of the 17th century the notion of identity is somewhat anachronic. Instead, drawing on Van Delft, this paper proposes to explore the idea of “character” as a form of early modern anthropology. Character implies at once a kind of framing of man and a type of inscription, a letter. The notion thus offers an interesting crossing between identity and writing that this presentation sets out to explore by looking at how the many languages at play in early modern French travel writing to the Caribbean destabilize the notion of character in the double sense of the word. 

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Rom, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Travel literature, Early French Colonization, Caribbean, identity, Du Tertre
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Romance Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307775OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-307775DiVA: diva2:1048362
Topoi, Topographies and Travellers
Tropical Engagements
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P15-0679:1
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2016-11-21

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