The Idea of the Antipodes: Place, People, and Voices

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-17
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This study uses critical theory to investigate the history of how people have thought about the antipodes#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;the places and people on the other side of the world#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;from ancient Greece to present-day literature and digital media. Taking into account maps, letters, book illustrations, travel writing, poetry, and drama, Goldie reveals that the history of the idea of the antipodes might be seen as different modes or discourses: mathematical and geographical in the earliest era, cartographical and kinetic in the medieval period, social and sexual in the Early Modern, sartorial and littoral in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and bodily and humorous in the latest era. Using the theories of Eve Sedgwick, Michel Foucault, Epeli Hau#xE2;#xAC;#xDC;ofa, and others, this book extends postcolonialism#xE2;#xAC;"s historical scope and challenges the theory#xE2;#xAC;"s approaches and perceptions: center-periphery, East-West, and mimicry.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Beside the Antipodesp. 1
Spots in Time: Antipodean Place, Habitation, and Communication in the Ancient Worldp. 15
Earthly Motions: The Antipodes in Medieval Geography and Cartographyp. 36
Returning Monsters: Gender, Sex, and Child-Getting in Early Modern Britainp. 71
Britain in the Antipodes, Huahine in Britain: Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Encounter Correspondencep. 97
Island Laughter: Twentieth-Century Antipodean Literaturep. 136
Afterword: Global Antipodes in a Virtual Worldp. 165
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 221
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