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 readings of

Overview

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.

From as early as the sixteenth century, Germans preoccupied themselves with an imaginary drive for colonial conquest and possession that eventually grew into a collective obsession. Zantop illustrates the gendered character of Germany's colonial imagination through critical readings of popular novels, plays, and travel literature that imagine sexual conquest and surrender in colonial territory-or love and blissful domestic relations between colonizer and colonized. She looks at scientific articles, philosophical essays, and political pamphlets that helped create a racist colonial discourse and demonstrates that from its earliest manifestations, the German colonial imagination contained ideas about a specifically German national identity, different from, if not superior to, most others.

For its thoughtful investigation into the role of imaginary configurations and libidinal projections in the making of social and political communities, Colonial Fantasies will interest historians, literary theorists, and cultural critics as well as a range of students and scholars interested in nationalism, imperialism, and the political unconscious.

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

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
Colonial Fantasies,
Germany's Occidentalism,
Occidentalisms-Orientalisms,
Part I Armchair Conquistadors; or, The Quest for "New Germany",
1 Tiranos animales o alemanes: Germans and the "Conquest",
2 A Conquest of the Intellect,
Part II Colonizing Theory: Gender, Race, and the Search for a National Identity,
3 Gendering the "Conquest",
4 Racializing the Colony,
5 Patagons and Germans,
Part III Colonial Families; or, Displacing the Colonizers,
6 Fathers and Sons: Donnerstag and Freitag, Campe and Krusoe,
7 Husbands and Wives: Colonialism Domesticated,
8 Betrothal and Divorce; or, Revolution in the House,
Part IV Virgin Islands, Teuton Conquerors,
9 The German Columbus,
10 The Second Discovery,
11 Colonial Fantasies Revisited,
Epilogue: Vitzliputzli's Revenge,
Notes,
Part III Colonial Families,
6 Fathers and Sons,
7 Husbands and Wives,
8 Betrothal and Divorce,
Part IV Virgin Islands, Teuton Conquerors,
9 The German Columbus,
10 The Second Discovery,
11 Colonial Fantasies Revisited,
Epilogue,
Bibliography,
Sources,
Critical Literature,

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