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The Resource Curiosity and the aesthetics of travel writing, 1770-1840 : "from an antique land", Nigel Leask

Curiosity and the aesthetics of travel writing, 1770-1840 : "from an antique land", Nigel Leask

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Curiosity and the aesthetics of travel writing, 1770-1840 : "from an antique land"
Title
Curiosity and the aesthetics of travel writing, 1770-1840
Title remainder
"from an antique land"
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Nigel Leask
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Language
eng
Summary
"The decades between 1770 and 1840 are rich in exotic accounts of the ruin-strewn landscapes of Ethiopia, Egypt, India, and Mexico. Yet it is a field which has been neglected by scholars and which - unjustifiably - remains outside the literary canon. In this pioneering book, Nigel Leask studies the Romantic obsession with these 'antique lands', drawing generously on a wide range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century travel books, as well as on recent scholarship in literature, history, geography, and anthropology. Viewing the texts primarily as literary works rather than 'transparent' adventure stories or documentary sources, he sets out to challenge the tendency in modern academic work to overemphasize the authoritative character of colonial discourse. Instead, he addresses the relationship between narrative, aesthetics, and colonialism through the unstable discourse of antiquarianism, exploring the effects of problems of creditworthiness, and the nebulous epistemologicial claims of 'curiosity' (a leitmotif of the accounts studied here), on the contemporary status of travel writing. Attentive to the often divergent idioms of elite and popular exoticism, 'Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing' plots the transformation of the travelogue through the period, as the baroque particularism of curiosity was challenged by picturesque aesthetics, systematic 'geographical narrative', and the emergence of a 'transcendental self' axiomatic to Romantic culture. In so doing it offers an important reformulation of the relations between literature, aesthetics, and empire in the late Enlightenment and Romantic periods."--
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1958-
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Leask, Nigel
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Travelers' writings, English
  • English prose literature
  • English prose literature
  • Antiquities in literature
  • Curiosity in literature
  • Travel in literature
  • Aesthetics, British
  • Ethiopia
  • Mexico
  • India
  • Egypt
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Curiosity and the aesthetics of travel writing, 1770-1840 : "from an antique land", Nigel Leask
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-328) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Practices and Narratives of Romantic Travel -- 1. Cycles of Accumulation, Curiosity, and Temporal Exchange -- 2. Curious Narratives and the Problem of Credit: James Bruce's 'Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile' -- 3. 'Young Menmon' and Romantic Egyptomania: pt. 1 Shelley's 'Ozymandias' and Napoleon's Savants; pt. 2 Belzoni, Burckhardt, and the 'Rape of the Nile' -- 4. Indian Travel Writing and the Imperial Picturesque -- 5. Domesticating Distance: Three Women Travel Writers in British India -- 6. Alexander von Humboldt and the Romantic Imagination of America (the Impossibility of Personal Narrative) -- Conclusion: William Bullock's Mexico and the Reassertion of Popular Curiosity
Control code
FIEb17758300
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 338 pages
Isbn
9780199247004
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 portrait
System control number
  • (UkOxU)UkOxUw11549318
  • (OCoLC)47667282
Label
Curiosity and the aesthetics of travel writing, 1770-1840 : "from an antique land", Nigel Leask
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Practices and Narratives of Romantic Travel -- 1. Cycles of Accumulation, Curiosity, and Temporal Exchange -- 2. Curious Narratives and the Problem of Credit: James Bruce's 'Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile' -- 3. 'Young Menmon' and Romantic Egyptomania: pt. 1 Shelley's 'Ozymandias' and Napoleon's Savants; pt. 2 Belzoni, Burckhardt, and the 'Rape of the Nile' -- 4. Indian Travel Writing and the Imperial Picturesque -- 5. Domesticating Distance: Three Women Travel Writers in British India -- 6. Alexander von Humboldt and the Romantic Imagination of America (the Impossibility of Personal Narrative) -- Conclusion: William Bullock's Mexico and the Reassertion of Popular Curiosity
Control code
FIEb17758300
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 338 pages
Isbn
9780199247004
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 portrait
System control number
  • (UkOxU)UkOxUw11549318
  • (OCoLC)47667282

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