Colonial Fantasies: Conquest, Family, and Nation in Precolonial Germany, 1770-1870 / Edition 1

Colonial Fantasies: Conquest, Family, and Nation in Precolonial Germany, 1770-1870 / Edition 1

by Susanne Zantop
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822319683

ISBN-13: 9780822319689

Pub. Date: 09/10/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Since Germany became a colonial power relatively late, postcolonial theorists and histories of colonialism have thus far paid little attention to it. Uncovering Germany's colonial legacy and imagination, Susanne Zantop reveals the significance of colonial fantasies - a kind of colonialism without colonies - in the formation of German national identity. Through…  See more details below

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Since Germany became a colonial power relatively late, postcolonial theorists and histories of colonialism have thus far paid little attention to it. Uncovering Germany's colonial legacy and imagination, Susanne Zantop reveals the significance of colonial fantasies - a kind of colonialism without colonies - in the formation of German national identity. Through readings of historical, anthropological, literary, and popular texts, Zantop explores imaginary colonial encounters of "Germans" with "natives" in late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century literature, and shows how these colonial fantasies acted as a rehearsal for actual colonial ventures in Africa, South America, and the Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822319689
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/10/1997
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IArmchair Conquistadors; or, The Quest for "New Germany"17
1Tiranos animales o alemanes: Germans and the "Conquest"18
2A Conquest of the Intellect31
IIColonizing Theory: Gender, Race, and the Search for a National Identity43
3Gendering the "Conquest"46
4Racializing the Colony66
5Patagons and Germans81
IIIColonial Families; or, Displacing the Colonizers99
6Fathers and Sons: Donnerstag and Freitag, Campe and Krusoe102
7Husbands and Wives: Colonialism Domesticated121
8Betrothal and Divorce; or, Revolution in the House141
IVVirgin Islands, Teuton Conquerors163
9The German Columbus166
10The Second Discovery173
11Colonial Fantasies Revisited191
Epilogue: Vitzliputzli's Revenge202
Notes211
Bibliography263
Index287

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