With this study the metaphors, similes and characters in Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa are investigated to qualify the ongoing debate in postcolonial studies regarding this novel.
In our character analysis, which is inspired by Per Krogh Hansen’s theory of characterology we have found that the narrator often uses generalizations in the form of tribal and skin color to create what Edward Said in his book Orientalism has coined as Otherness. Furthermore, we have shown that the narrator uses metaphors and comparisons as a means to explain how the other characters think, and behave. Additionally, we uphold that since the novel is narrated in the first person, the representations of the other characters’ function as instruments to characterize the narrator.
To qualify the debate, we have also used the philosopher, Max Black’s theory of metaphors meaning as interaction, which has provided the insight the metaphorical use in Out of Africa is an important tool in the creation of a textual structure where animals, Africa, and people intertwine into a combined unit. In the debate concerning Blixen’s authorship this aspect has in large been neglected in favor of a critique based on cherry picking, which argues that Blixen was a racist. These have been based on superficial analysis, where instead a thorough post-colonial critique based on a detailed textual approach would be more fruitful regarding the debate.
|Uddannelser||Dansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Vejledere||Lasse Horne Kjældgaard|
- Per Krogh hansen
- Max Black
- Karen Blixen
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