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Information et imagination : la représentation de l'Afrique dans Les Voyages Extraordinaires de Jules Verne

Abstract : The results reported from the first explorations of the African continent by the famous travelers of the nineteenth century, coincide with the emergence of an adventure literature of which Jules Verne will remain the most illustrious author. The Extraordinary Voyages, evocative title given to the series of novels in which the author sets out to conquer the geographical space on a global scale, begin in 1863 with the publication of Cinq Weeks in balloon, novel in which the exploration of the African continent is the main theme. This first trip, which is described as the most curious and useful of imaginary journeys, summarizes the great discoveries of the most famous travelers. The immediate success of this first trip combining imagination and truth, puts in perspective a complete work of which part is rooted in the heart of the African continent. Africa, land to civilize and still primitive in many respects, appears as a vast laboratory where explorers and scientists of all kinds come to seek answers to the many questions raised by the march of progress. Then, between information and imagination, the Extraordinary Voyages testify to the desire to tell the experience of the famous explorers who roam Africa, and who furrow it in search of a knowledge that only the voyage can make emerge. The African continent is thus at the center of the Vernian work, and has multiple meanings that lie between imaginary and historical, geographical, scientific, but also cultural reality. Because, what the Voyages bring to the fore, are also the cultural shocks that occur during the great explorations of the interior, but above all, they raise a certain number of questions relating to the legacy that the writer whose predictions still make the news toda
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Jessica Fleurta Nfono Ekomo. Information et imagination : la représentation de l'Afrique dans Les Voyages Extraordinaires de Jules Verne. Littératures. Université de Lorraine, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019LORR0328⟩. ⟨tel-02906101⟩



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