31 / 2010
Katja Mihurko Poniž

Foreigners and the Other in the Novels The Newcomers and Le testament français

In this paper, using an approach created by researchers in the field of imagology, I analyse the image of Switzerland in Kovačič’s novel and compare it with the image of France as seen by the first-person narrator of Le testament français through his grandmother’s stories and his own studies of French culture and history. In the second part of the discussion I expand on this theme with research of the characters of male and female migrants who in encountering a foreign environment experience either themselves or others as foreigners. In the last part of the paper I analyse how Otherness is presented as an attitude towards the world in both novels.
KEY WORDS: foreigners, topicology, Lojze Kovačič, Andreï Makine