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Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-century Literature and Culture (Hardcover)

Adriana Craciun

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Hardcover. How did the Victorian fixation on the disastrous John Franklin expedition transform our understanding of the Northwest Passage and the Arctic? Today we still tend to see the Arctic and the.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 326 pages. 0.804. Bookseller Inventory # 9781107125544

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Title: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-century ...

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

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How did the Victorian fixation on the disastrous John Franklin expedition transform our understanding of the Northwest Passage and the Arctic? Today we still tend to see the Arctic and the Northwest Passage through nineteenth-century perspectives, which focused on the discoveries of individual explorers, their illustrated books, visual culture, imperial ambitions, and high-profile disasters. However, the farther back one looks, the more striking the differences appear in how Arctic exploration was envisioned. Writing Arctic Disaster uncovers a wide range of exploration cultures: from the manuscripts of secretive corporations like the Hudson's Bay Company, to the nationalist Admiralty and its innovative illustrated books, to the searches for and exhibits of disaster relics in the Victorian era. This innovative study reveals the dangerous afterlife of this Victorian conflation of exploration and disaster, in the geopolitical significance accruing around the 2014 discovery of Franklin's ship Erebus in the Northwest Passage.

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This fascinating study uncovers the rich variety of exploration texts flourishing before the Victorian equation of discovery with disaster: from the manuscript culture of secretive corporations like the Hudson's Bay Company, to the Admiralty and its illustrated books of naval science, to the Victorian popular exhibits of disaster relics.

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