Study Guide

Out of Africa Allusions

By Isak Dinesen

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound (1.2.12, 3.8.46)
  • La Fontaine's Fables (1.2.21)
  • Heinrich Heine, "They Gave Me Counsel and Words to the Wise" (1.2.22)
  • Homer, The Odyssey (1.3.28-51, 5.4.6)
  • Genesis 21:20 (1.3.95)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1.4.14)
  • Hera (1.4.37)
  • Song of Solomon 8:14 (1.4.51)
  • Genesis (2.3.40)
  • 2 Samuel 13:3715:12 (2.4.29)
  • Victor Hugo, The Legend of the Centuries, Poem IX (2.5.24)
  • The Book of Esther (3.3.3)
  • Charles Baudelaire, "The Beautiful Ship" Les Fleurs du mal (3.3.4)
  • Alexandre Dumas, The Lady of the Camellias ("La Dame aux Camelias") (3.5.15-18, 3.6.15)
  • Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts (3.5.15)
  • William Shakespeare, As You Like It (3.6.3)
  • Abbé Prévost. Manon Lescaut (3.6.15)
  • Alexandre Dumas, the D'Artagnan Romances (3.7.5)
  • Lord Byron, The Vision of Judgment, lines 279-80 (3.7.24)
  • Anatole France, Vie fleur (3.7.33)
  • Beethoven, Piano Concerto in G-Major (3.8.4-5)
  • Hansel and Gretel (3.8.27)
  • Proverbs 22:13 (3.8.31)
  • Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, "Das ding an sich" ("The Thing-in-itself") (3.8.53, 5.4.6)
  • Virgil, Aeneid (4.1.20)
  • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (4.1.39-50)
  • Genesis 32:22-31 (4.1.101-07)
  • John 3:31 (4.1.189)
  • Sappho, Poem 48 (4.1.266)
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Invocation", Lines 19-22 (5.3.5)
  • The Thousand and One Nights (5.3.13)
  • Iris Tree, The Traveller (5.3.21)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (5.3.64)
  • Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow (5.4.6)
  • Jean Racine (5.4.6)
  • Adelbert von Chamisso, Peter Schlemihl (5.4.6)
  • Poetic Edda, "Lokasenna" Ragnarok (5.4.19)
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear (5.4.50, 5.5.14)

Historical References

  • Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) (1.2.46)
  • La Belle Otero (3.6.15-21)]
  • King Charles II of England (3.7.4)
  • The House of Stuart (3.7.6)
  • Queen Elizabeth (3.7.6)
  • Sir Philip Sidney (3.7.6)
  • Francis Drake (3.7.6)
  • King's African Rifles (K.A.R.) (3.7.21)
  • Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (4.1.29)
  • Jesus Christ (4.1.109-11)
  • Saint Peter (4.1.110-11)
  • Admiral (Lord) Horatio Nelson (5.3.68)
  • Sir William Northrub McMillan (5.4.4)f
  • Sir Hercules Robinson (5.4.6)
  • Walter Scott (5.4.6)