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n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Andreas Riis : a lifetime of colonial drama

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This article traces the adventures of Andreas Riis, a missionary assigned to the Gold Coast (West Africa) by the Basel Mission in the nineteenth century, as a narrative of landscapes, local inhabitants and power to show the complexity of missionary discourse. Various unpublished documents from the Basel Mission Archive in Switzerland show how Riis set himself as paradigm of a superior culture in possession of modernity and exportable European values capable of engendering and trivializing landscapes in terms of racial and ideological representation of otherness. This paper is not intended for a contextual Bible study readership but for those interested in critical reading of missionary history where imagination triumphed over realities, and situates Riis within the genre of travel writing.

Extracted from text ... Research Review NS 21.1 (2005) 29 - 44 29 ANDREAS RIIS: A LIFETIME OF COLONIAL DRAMA Seth Quartey Abstract This article traces the adventures of Andreas Riis, a missionary assigned to the Gold Coast (West Africa) by the Basel Mission in the nineteenth century, as a narrative of landscapes, local inhabitants and power to show the complexity of missionary discourse. Various unpublished documents from the Basel Mission Archive in Switzerland show how Riis set himself as paradigm of a superior culture in possession of modernity and exportable European values capable of engendering and trivializing landscapes in terms of racial and ..

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2016-12-05
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