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The Adventures Of A Surinamese Frenchman In South Africa: The Travel Accounts Of Francois Le Vaillant

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The opposite of Peter Kolb in the eighteenth-century literature on South Africa is the Surinamese Frenchman, François Le Vaillant. The frontispiece of Le Vaillant's Voyage de M. Le Vaillant dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique refers to an important experience of Le Vaillant. In this chapter, the author scrutinises mainly two facets Le Vaillant's travel account. First, Le Vaillant's literary presentation: his ability to turn the diverse experiences and observations into a personal experience that enables the reader to experience southern Africa together with him. In the second place, the author examines Le Vaillant's scholarly aspirations. The Voyage and Second Voyage de M. Le Vaillant dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique are egocentric adventure stories, and also contain "excursions" embedded in the travel account. The overall impression left by Le Vaillant's work is that the representation of reality had been subordinated to a discursive presentation intended to sweep the reader along.

Keywords: adventure stories; François Le Vaillant; Second Voyage; South Africa; Surinamese Frenchman; travel accounts



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