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Frey, Hugo: "Contagious colonial diseases in Hergé’s The Adventures of Tintin." In: Modern and Contemporary France 12.2 (2004), S. 177–188. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/09639480410001693043
BibTeX citation key: Frey2004a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Tintin", Belgien, Hergé, Ideologiekritik, Kolonialismus, Krankheit, Remi. Georges
Creators: Frey
Collection: Modern and Contemporary France
This article analyses the portrayal of illness and disease in two well‐known Tintin books that were published in the late 1940s. It underlines how work from Hergé in this period continued to be marked with an imperialist mindset. In particular, it is important to appreciate that publications such as Les 7 Boules de cristal and Le Temple du soleil lend implicit support to common European myths of reverse, or ‘retro’, colonial invasion. Similarly, Hergé’s post‐1945 attitudes towards colonialism are tarnished with other more complex kinds of quasi‐racist assumption. In short, the aim of this article is to measure the ambiguity of Hergé’s discourse in a more thorough fashion than has often been the case in recent scholarly or media debates about this popular hero.
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