9781137311313

Geographies of the Romantic North Science, Antiquarianism, and Travel, 1790-1830

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    9781137311313

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    1137311312

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-28
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, unprecedented numbers of Britons travelled to the sub-Arctic, foreshadowing the fever for polar exploration that would emerge in the mid-nineteenth century. At the same time, literary and scientific developments contributed to the movement now known as Romanticism. How did the sciences, antiquarianism, and ethnology interact to produce visions of the North? And what happened when British 'men of science' and Northern indigenous peoples encountered each other's ways of knowing the world? This study presents a new approach to understanding British engagements with the North, revealing its heretofore unheralded significance for the development of British identities, the Romantic imagination, and the advancement of the sciences.

Author Biography

Angela Byrne is Marie Curie COFUND/Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in History at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, and Associate of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Toronto, Canada.

Table of Contents

PART I: "MOST VALUABLE AND INTERESTING TO THE SCIENCE OF OUR COUNTRY": NORTHERN EXPLORATORY TRAVELS 
1. Formative Influences and the Call of the North 
PART II: A LIVING POMPEII": ANTIQUARIANISM, IDENTITY, AND THE NORTH
2. An 'aboriginal district of Britain': The European North, Popular Culture, and the Search for Common Roots 
3. An Intercontinental North: North Britons and Native North Americans 
4. Treasures Inestimable: Collecting and Displaying the North Empire, Collecting, and Knowledge 
PART III: GEOGRAPHIES OF THE NORTH 
5. "This Wild Sequestered Place": The Dilemma of Discovery 
6. Worlds of Knowledge, Worlds Apart?: Native and Newcomer Geographies 
7. "Our Surprizing Qualifications", or, "Calculated to Make on the Minds of this Simple People a Great Impression": Interpreting Displays of Romantic Science among Northern Indigenous Communities

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