Congo Discourses in the United States from 1800 to the Present
To justify the plundering of today's Democratic Republic of the Congo, U.S. intellectual elites have continuously produced dismissive Congo discourses. Tracing these discourses in great depth and breadth for the first time, Johnny Van Hove shows how U.S. intellectuals (and their influential European counterparts) have been using the Congo in similar fashions for their own goals. Analyzing intellectuals as diverse as W.E.B. Du Bois, Joseph Conrad, and David Van Reybrouck, the book offers a theorization of Central West Africa, a case study of normalized narratives on the "Other", and a stirring wake up call for all contemporary writers on international history and politics.
FrontmatterSeiten 1 - 4
ContentSeiten 5 - 6
AcknowledgementsSeiten 7 - 8
Introduction: Shifting Perspectives on the Congo: Re-Reading Central West AfricaSeiten 9 - 52
First Chapter. From Slave to Savage: The Realization of a Topos (1800-1885)Seiten 53 - 134
Second Chapter. Between Art and Atrocity: Epistemic Multiplication and Standardization (1885-1945)Seiten 135 - 242
Third Chapter. Revolution, Reform, Reproduction: Strategies and Limitations for Change (1945-Present)Seiten 243 - 302
Conclusion. Doing Damage, or Re-Writing Central West AfricaSeiten 303 - 318
ReferencesSeiten 319 - 360
19 October 2017, 360 pages
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