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A Frenchman in the Solitudes of the Mexican Southeast: Désiré Charnay’s use of Landscapes and Emotions in the Construction of his Exploration Narrative and Identity (2024)


This article examines travel writings by Désiré Charnay, a French explorer better known for his work in the fields of archeology and photography than for his literary production. The article examines Charnay’s writings about southeastern Mexico, published during the second half of the nineteenth century, particularly his descriptions of the jungle, the mountains, the plains, the ancient ruins, along with accounts of his own perils and adventures. Charnay’s descriptions not only of nature but also himself—he fashioned himself as a kind of explorer-hero—were influenced by Romanticism.

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Authors & Contributors
Allen, David Y.
Covarrubias V., José E.
Echenberg, Myron J.
Guimarães, Leandro Belinaso
Hansen, Peter H.
Leitner, Ulrike
Terrae Incognitae
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal for Maritime Research: Britian, the Sea and Global History
Journal of Historical Geography
Cornell University Press
Harvard University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
The MIT Press
Trinity University Press
Travel; exploration
Landscape; landscapes
Environmental history
Science and culture
Humboldt, Alexander von
Cunha, Euclides da
Koch, Lauge
Seton, Ernest Thompson
Arrowsmith, John
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
21st century
Great Britain
United States
Texas (U.S.)
Arctic regions

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