Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa

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Out of Our Minds
Reason and Madness in the
Exploration of Central Africa

Johannes Fabian The Ad. E. Jensen Lectures at the Frobenius-Institut, University of Frankfurt

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley . LosAngeles . London

University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California

University of California Press, Ltd. London, England

© 2000 by the Regents of the University of California

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Fabian, Johannes. Out of our minds: reason and madness in the exploration of Central Africa: the Ad. E. Jensen lectures at the Frobenius Institut, University of Frankfurt / Johannes Fabian. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-520-22122-2 (alk. paper). — ISBN 0-520-22123-0 (pbk.: alk paper) 1. Ethnology—Africa, Central— Fieldwork. 2. Ethnologists—Africa, Central—History. 3. First contact of aboriginal peoples with Westerners—Africa, Central—History. 4. Africa, Central— Discovery and exploration—German. 5. Africa, Central—Discovery and exploration—Belgian. 6. Africa, Central— Description and travel. I. Universität Frankfurt am Main. Frobenius-Institut. II. Title. GN17.3A352 F33 2000 967—dc21

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface and Acknowledgments xi
  • One - Introduction 1
  • Two - Travel, Exploration, and Occupation 23
  • Three - Living and Dying 52
  • Four - Drives, Emotions, and Moods 78
  • Five - Things, Sounds, and Spectacles 102
  • Six - Communicating and Commanding 128
  • Seven - Explorers in the Land of Friendship 151
  • Eight - The Senses and Cognition 180
  • Nine - Knowledge and Understanding 209
  • Ten - Presence and Representation 240
  • Eleven - Epilogue 271
  • Appendix - Some Overviews 283
  • Notes 287
  • Bibliography 303
  • Index 311
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