Vol. 1 : Édition critique de la Breve e Succinta Relatione del Viaggio nel Regno di Congo [...] (1692) de Girolamo Merolla da Sorrento. Vol. 2 : Réédition, contextualisation et analyse du récit de Girolamo Merolla da Sorrento, missionnaire capucin au Royaume de Kongo de la fin du XVIIe siècle.

Abstract : VOLUME 1: Published in 1692, Breve e Succinta Relatione del Viaggio nel Regno di Congo […] by the Capuchin priest Girolamo Merolla da Sorrento is an account about a mission of evangelization that took place on the Kingdom of Kongo, Angola and other surrounding areas, which were almost unexplored during that time. The density of the topics the book deals with, as well as its linguistic and stylistic opacity required a philological and historical assessment to prepare the way to understand its content, which have remained almost unknown or succinctly analysed until today. Take into consideration the mentioned aspects, a critical edition will be the task of this first volume. VOLUME 2: After carrying out, in volume 1, the critical edition of Breve e Succinta Relatione del Viaggio nel Regno di Congo […]. This second volume pretends to contextualize the heterogeneous and confused elements within the account. Besides the methodological considerations, this research develops several points of interest through its six chapters. This dissertation introduces important information about the growth of Christianity in Africa by means of the Missio Antiqua of Capuchins, which was promoted by the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide. Subsequently, it helps to grasp the imbrications set up between the Lusitanian Colonial Empire and the dynasties of the Kingdom of Kongo. Successively, it recounts the journey, by see and by land, carried out by Merolla. The account relates his departure from Naples in 1682, the development of his mission in Africa, his return to his homeland and his second departure to Africa. His journey gave rise to the recounting of astonishing episodes, significant ethnographic descriptions of human categories, as well as explanations on the huge animal variety and environmental diversity. In addition, the reasoning goes toward the encounter of two different cultures and two opposing moral orders will provoke troubles, misunderstandings and culture-centric reactions. Finally, a sombre motif appears within the account: the rejection of the other, accompanied by the colonial exploitation of raw materials and the Atlantic Slave Trade.
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José Sarzi Amade. Vol. 1 : Édition critique de la Breve e Succinta Relatione del Viaggio nel Regno di Congo [...] (1692) de Girolamo Merolla da Sorrento. Vol. 2 : Réédition, contextualisation et analyse du récit de Girolamo Merolla da Sorrento, missionnaire capucin au Royaume de Kongo de la fin du XVIIe siècle.. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Aix-Marseille Université, 2016. Français. ⟨tel-01854634⟩

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