oa Alternation - Introduction

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



M. van Wyk Smith provides an overview of the historical role the two kinds of Ethiopia played in Western thought's dialectic representation of Africa. As heuristic discursive device in the context of transcultural representation, he argues, the 'elusive power of myth' creates a cognitive scheme through which non-Africans accounted for their experience of Africa. More generally, myth may prove to be the way in which people account for their experience of the new and unknown.

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