Kwame Osei-Poku F'17
African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships 2017
Department of English
University of Ghana
Ideology and Identity in Selected African Authored Travelogues in The West African Review Magazine in The Pre-Independence Period.
This dissertation focuses on significant issues about identity and ideology in three categories of selected archived travelogues published in the West African Review magazine during the pre-independence period. What is most essential to this dissertation is a concern about how African authored travel writing within the colonial period might conceive notions about local identity, and contribute to ideological construction while using a multifaceted or interdisciplinary approach in the analyses of these discursive categories.These African authored travelogues were produced in a period when there was no academic focus on non-European travel. Accordingly, the focal points of these travelogues are the representations of urban spaces in Africa, the extensive influence of European and American cultural lifestyles on Africans, perceptions about racial discrimination, inequality among Africans and similar experiences in Western spaces, as well as insights on the colonised’s impressions of the West.