German Travelogues of Mexico from the National Socialist Period

4:30 PM  - 6:30 PM
Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
Neill Hall (formerly Humanities Building) 226

Professor Adrián Herrera Fuentes will be presenting a talk titled, "This Remarkable Country between the American Tropics: An Insight into German Travelogues from the National Socialist Period." In 1937 and 1938, during the Weimar Republic of Germany, German adventurer and Nazi writer Colin Ross and German novelist Josef Maria Frank each published travelogues for German readers. Ross's Der Balkan Amerikas ("The Balkans of America") in 1937 and Frank's Mexiko ist anders ("Mexico is Different") in 1938 were forgotten and missing from the public sphere after World War II, but they are pivotal to the examination of the overlap between two cultures going through particular historical periods. This presentation will illustrate how National Socialism changed German travel writing, and will show the complicated network of symbolic constructions and rhetorical strategies involved in how Mexico is represented to a German readership during the National Socialist period. Talk will be in English.

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: German Studies, Spanish & Portuguese

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