Book ID: CBB607854509

Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate (2014)


This interdisciplinary study explores both the personal and political significance of climate in the Victorian imagination. It analyses foreboding imagery of miasma, sludge and rot across non-fictional and fictional travel narratives, speeches, private journals and medical advice tracts. Well-known authors such as Joseph Conrad are placed in dialogue with minority writers such as Mary Seacole and Africanus Horton in order to understand their different approaches to representing white illness abroad. The project also considers postcolonial texts such as Wilson Harris’s Palace of the Peacock to demonstrate that authors continue to ‘write back’ to the legacies of colonialism by using images of climate induced illness.

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Review David N. Livingstone (2015) Review of "Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate". Social History of Medicine (pp. 937-938). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Jankovic, Vladimir
Behrendt, Stephen D.
Luedke, Tracy
Vogel, Brant Montgomery
Hulme, Mike
Macadam, Joyce
Journal of Southern African Studies
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science as Culture
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Chicago Press
Scrimgeour Yorkshire
Yale University Press
Manchester University Press
Climate and climatology
Medicine and culture
Environmental sciences
Callendar, Guy Stewart
Gore, Albert
Kröpelin, Stefan
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
17th century
18th century
21st century
20th century, late
Atlantic Ocean
Royal Society of London

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