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Chanda, Anurima: "How Do the French have Fun in India. A Study of Representations in Tintin and Asterix." In: Rupkatha Journal 7.2 (2015), S. 179.
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Keywords: "Astérix", "Tintin", Belgien, Frankreich, Goscinny. René, Hergé, Humor, Indien, Interkulturalität, Postkolonialismus, Remi. Georges, Stereotypen, Uderzo. Albert
Collection: Rupkatha Journal
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From the times of Ctesias and Megasthenes down through to today, there have been many representations of this exotica in other literatures. Mostly these are serious recounting of travelers aimed at raising the commercial and political interest of their fellow countrymen. In contrast, the writings of Herge or Gosciny and Uderzo are aimed at entertainment. While not discounting the rise of sensibilities of the west with the intervention of postcolonialism, the paper will argue that the othering of India continues in modes of production that are more exclusively western than others. In situations where the west is the producer as well as the consumer of cultural products, these seem to crawl back to stereotypes and projections that demand interference. The paper will try to show how the picaresque interference of the comic heroes serves to turn the nation, that is India, into a mere destination which has little or no sovereignty. In a world of post colonialism, the continued ideological challenges that comics, with their popularity with children poses, cannot be taken for granted. The paper will try to read the comics with the hope of problematising the ideas of comics and fun in relation to depictions of India.
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