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Fieldwork of empire, 1840-1900 : intercultural dynamics in the production of British expeditionary literature

Author: Adrian S Wisnicki
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Among the Victorians and modernists.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-1900: Intercultural Dynamics in the Production of British Expeditionary Literature examines the impact of non-western cultural, political, and social forces and agencies on the production of British expeditionary literature; it is a project of recovery. The book argues that such non-western impact was considerable, that it shaped the discursive and material dimensions of expeditionary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Named Person: David Livingstone; David Livingstone; Samuel White Baker, Sir; Joseph Conrad
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrian S Wisnicki
ISBN: 9780367207458 0367207451
OCLC Number: 1088907799
Description: xviii, 205 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: intercultural dynamics in the expeditionary field --
David Livingstone's invention of South Central Africa --
The many maps of the East African expedition --
Writing over Samuel White Baker's narratives --
Victorian field notes from the Lualaba River, Congo --
Colonialism meets conspiracy in Heart of darkness --
Epilogue: taking digital humanities research to the field.
Series Title: Among the Victorians and modernists.
Other Titles: Intercultural dynamics in the production of British expeditionary literature
Responsibility: Adrian S. Wisnicki.

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"Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-1900: Intercultural Dynamics in the Production of British Expeditionary Literature examines the impact of non-western cultural, political, and social forces and agencies on the production of British expeditionary literature; it is a project of recovery. The book argues that such non-western impact was considerable, that it shaped the discursive and material dimensions of expeditionary literature, and that the impact extends to diverse materials from the expeditionary archive at a scale and depth that critics have previously not acknowledged. The focus of the study falls on Victorian expeditionary literature related to Africa, a continent of accelerating British imperial interest in the nineteenth century, but the study's findings have the potential to inform scholarship on European expeditionary, imperial, and colonial literature from a wide variety of periods and locations. The book's analysis is illustrative, not comprehensive. Each chapter targets intercultural encounters and expeditionary literature associated with a specific time period and African region or location. The book suggests that future scholarship - especially in areas such as expeditionary history, geography, cartography, travel writing studies, and book history - needs to adopt much more of a localized, non-western focus if it is to offer a full account of the production of expeditionary discourse and literature."--

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