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Preserving the Self in the South Seas 1680-1840

Preserving the Self in the South Seas 1680-1840
   

This volume charts the sensibilities of the lonely figures that encountered the new and exotic in terra incognita. Jonathan Lamb introduces us to the writings of South Seas explorers, and finds in them unexpected and poignant tales of selves alarmed and transformed.

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ISBN 9780226468495
Barcode 9780226468495
Published 15 January 2001 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
Author(s) By Lamb, Jonathan

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ISBN-13 9780226468495
ISBN-10 0226468496
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Publication Date 15 January 2001
International Publication Date 2 July 2001
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
Edition 2nd
Author(s) By Lamb, Jonathan
Category Non-Fiction (Child/Teen)
History
Explorers & Discoverers
Literary Studies: 16Th To 18Th Centuries
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Literature: Texts
Cultural Studies
British & Irish history: c 1700 to c 1900
Australasian & Pacific history: c 1750 to c 1900
Classic Travel Writing
Interest Age Young Adults
Reading Age Young Adults
Library of Congress Self in literature, Oceania - Description and travel, Oceania - In literature, Travel writing - History, Travelers' writings, English - Oceania - History and criticism
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Number of Pages 358
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 490g
Dewey Code 995
Catalogue Code 89783

Description of this Book

In the literature of South Seas exploration the violence, wonder, and nostalgia of voyaging are vivid. This volume charts the sensibilities of the lonely figures that encountered the new and exotic in terra incognita. Jonathan Lamb introduces us to the writings of South Seas explorers, and finds in them unexpected and poignant tales of selves alarmed and transformed. Lamb contends that European exploration ofthe South Seas was less confident and mindful than we have assumed. It was, instead, conducted in moods of distraction and infatuation that were hard to make sense of and difficult to narrate, and it prompted reactions among indigenous peoples that were equally passionate and irregular. Preserving the Self in the South Seas also examines these common crises of exploration in the context of a metropolitan audience that eagerly consumed narratives of the Pacific while doubting their truth. Lamb considers why these halting and incredible journals were so popular with the reading public, and suggests that they dramatized anxieties and bafflements rankling at the heart of commercial society.

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Author's Bio

Jonathan Lamb is a professor of English at Princeton University. He is the author, most recently, of The Rhetoric of Suffering: Reading the Book of Job in the Eighteenth Century and coeditor of Exploration and Exchange: A South Seas Anthology, 1680-1900 and Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769-1840.

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