Chateaubriand’s Time Travel in Tunis and Carthage: An Archaeology of Mappings


In the last part of his Itinéraire de Paris à Jérusalem—the section on Tunis—Chateaubriand is primarily concerned with the quest for the great city of Carthage that is lost under its modern ruins. Chateaubriand thus marks a neat distinction between two entities existing within the same space, modern Tunis and historical Carthage, while granting preference to the latter. In this paper I propose to deal with Chateaubriand's concern with the representation of this Mediterranean space, in particular, as a carefully dichotomized double locus that is exemplified in modern Tunis versus past Carthage. A close textual study of this part will shed light on the dynamics of representation accomplished via an archaeology of mappings, mainly based on the author's time travel through written history. 

Khalid Chaouch
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