Forestillinger om Afrika

Lisa Mai Møller Jensen, Amalie Sofie Clausen, Nanna Bay Madsen, Marie-Louise Uldall Petersen, Anne Katinka Sverker Brøndum & Cecilie Vittrup Flensborg

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study investigates the topic: conceptions of Africa through Danish literature. The project attempts to uncover how Liberty by Jakob Ejersbo and Den afrikanske Farm by Karen Blixen, as representatives of Danish imaginative literature, advance an “us versus them” dichotomy on the basis of a postcolonial point of view. The study has thereby, from the beginning, had the assumption that the books are advancing towards this dichotomy. This study separates itself from previous research since this study’s purpose is to clarify an “us versus them” dichotomy through an analysis and a discussion of the selected novels. Edward Said’s Orientalism will be used as the project’s prime theory to include the postcolonial view. Furthermore, theories and terms by other postcolonial theorists such as Homi Bhabha will be included as well. The project will apply literary and comparative analysis, and the analysis will be supported by terms from the book Fortællingen by Annemette Hejlsted. These terms will help to bring a focus on the linguistic aspect and the characters of the books. The linguistic analysis will be complemented by the terms sociolect and euphemisms. This project can deduce that the assumption in the research question cannot clearly be confirmed since it is ambiguous if Den afrikanske Farm appears to have a distinct separation between “us” and “them” based on the results of the analysis and the discussion. Liberty also appears to have an ambiguous aspect, however, the novel seems to promote even more. An ambivalent relationship occurs in Den afrikanske Farm in proportion to the advancing dichotomy because the language and the characters point out a focus on segregation, but at the same time the natives are put on the same level as the colonizers. An evident contrast occurs between the Africans and the western peoples in Liberty because of the realistic writing style and the two main characters who represent their separate culture.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2013


  • Blixen
  • Ejersbo