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The highly civilized man : Richard Burton and the Victorian world

Author: Dane Keith Kennedy
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Richard Burton was one of Victorian Britain's most protean figures. A soldier, explorer, ethnographer, and polyglot of rare power, as well as a poet, travel writer, and translator of the tales of the Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, Burton exercised his abundant talents in a diverse array of endeavors. Though best remembered as an adventurer who entered Mecca in disguise and sought the source of the White Nile,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Richard Francis Burton, Sir; Richard Francis Burton, Sir; Richard Francis Burton, Sir; Richard Francis Burton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dane Keith Kennedy
ISBN: 0674018621 9780674018624
OCLC Number: 57434338
Description: 354 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I The Gypsy 10 --
II The Orientalist 26 --
III The Impersonator 58 --
IV The Explorer 93 --
V The Racist 131 --
VI The Relativist 164 --
VII The Sexologist 206 --
VIII The Afterlife 248.
Responsibility: Dane Kennedy.

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"Richard Burton was one of Victorian Britain's most protean figures. A soldier, explorer, ethnographer, and polyglot of rare power, as well as a poet, travel writer, and translator of the tales of the Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, Burton exercised his abundant talents in a diverse array of endeavors. Though best remembered as an adventurer who entered Mecca in disguise and sought the source of the White Nile, Burton traveled so widely, wrote so prolifically, and contributed so forcefully to his generation's most contentious debates that he provides us with a singularly panoramic perspective on the world of the Victorians."

"One of the great challenges confronting the British in the nineteenth century was to make sense of the multiplicity of peoples and cultures they encountered in their imperial march around the globe. Burton played an important role in this mission. Drawing on his wide-ranging experiences in other lands and intense curiosity about their inhabitants, he conducted an intellectually ambitious, highly provocative inquiry into racial, religious, and sexual differences that exposed his own society's norms to scrutiny."

"Dane Kennedy offers an examination of Burton and his contribution to the widening world of the Victorians. He advances the view that the Victorians' efforts to attach meaning to the differences they observed among other peoples had a profound influence on their own sense of self, destabilizing identities and reshaping consciousness."--Jacket.

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