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The fictitious world traveller: the Swede on Timor and the noble savage imagery
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Postcolonial Forum; Concurrences)
2014 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 6, 1367-1381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Travel writing soared in the Western world in the early-modern era with the widening geographical knowledge. This was accompanied by a genre of travel fiction. The present study analyses a short Swedish novella from 1815, Swensken på Ti-mor (The Swede on Timor), “translated” by Christina Cronhjelm from a purported English account. It is a romantic tale of a Swedish sailor who is shipwrecked and is adopted by an indigenous group on the Southeast Asian island Timor, marrying a local woman and converting to Islam. The novella is remarkable for the positive portrayal of indigenous society and to some extent Islam. The article discusses the literary tropes influencing the account, and the partly accurate ethnographic and historical details.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. Vol. 6, 1367-1381 p.
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Travel fiction, Timor, Noble savage, Islam, Christina Cronhjelm
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Humanities, History
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38625DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461367OAI: diva2:772208
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Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2015-01-28Bibliographically approved

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