The Mirage of the New World: Eveline Hasler's Ibicaba, das Paradies in den Köpfen

Burns, B. (2008) The Mirage of the New World: Eveline Hasler's Ibicaba, das Paradies in den Köpfen. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 44(1), pp. 76-88. (doi:10.1093/fmls/cqm121)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqm121

Abstract

Eveline Hasler's historical novel Ibicaba, das Paradies in den Köpfen (1985) concerns the emigration of a group of Swiss citizens to Brazil in 1855. The article considers the author's technique of blending fact and fiction to craft a powerful account of white slavery in the New World, and traces links between Hasler's novel and nineteenth-century literary works by Friedrich Gerstäcker and Amalia Schoppe. Examining Hasler's use of characterisation, theme and leitmotiv, the article probes the manner in which the novel illuminates a dark episode in Swiss history, while also contributing indirectly to the modern political discourse on economic migration, people trafficking and bonded labour.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burns, Dr Barbara
Authors: Burns, B.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > German
Journal Name:Forum for Modern Language Studies
Journal Abbr.:FMLS
ISSN:0015-8518
ISSN (Online):1471-6860

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