n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Burton als Held eines transkulturellen Mythos? Zu (2006) von Ilija Trojanow

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273


This article investigates mythical structures in Ilija Trojanow's which can be contextualised within processes of transculturalism and hybridity. The assumption is that in , transcultural transformations are staged through mythical structures. This is demonstrated in two examples : first, the motif of 'metamorphosis', which is closely related to initiation processes and rites of passage, and secondly, a mythical 'revelation structure'. The protagonist of , Sir Richard Francis Burton, is characterized by his ability to transform himself while the novel itself follows the structure of a text of revelation. But Trojanow does not only create a literary figure that features hybridity by using mythical systems. Through intertextual references to other literary works, such as (Nomad on four Continents), or (An den heiligen Quellen des Islam), Burton is also stylized into a transcultural hero with whom Trojanow identifies as his interviews show, thus contributing to the self-dramatization of the author.

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