n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - The representation of Mythical Africa at the Lost City : a critical analysis, J. Van Eeden (University of Pretoria) : research forum

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



The purpose of the thesis is to deconstruct and reveal the underlying patterns of thought in the construction of "The Lost City" as a cultural construct. The thesis thus offers a reading of "The Lost City" as a revitalisation of the "myth of Africa" and as indicative of the patterns of capitalism, consumption and neo-colonialism that inflect history, culture, heritage and the experience of the past. The thesis suggests that "The Lost City" creates an elaborate simulacrum of Africa that resonates with an oblique neo-colonial mentality of cultural appropriation that hankers nostalgically for the days of colonialism and western supremacy in the guise of entertainment.

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