Orinoco Flow: Culture, Narrative, and the Political Economy of Information / Edition 224

Orinoco Flow: Culture, Narrative, and the Political Economy of Information / Edition 224

by Benjamin Keith Belton
     
 

Through the use of narrative analysis, Belton explores the production of cultural knowledge about Venezuela's Orinoco River-the second largest in the Neotropics and the third largest in the world-and surrounding environs. Beginning with the earliest images of America from the voyages of Columbus, he examines how scientific, academic and novelistic discourse on the

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Through the use of narrative analysis, Belton explores the production of cultural knowledge about Venezuela's Orinoco River-the second largest in the Neotropics and the third largest in the world-and surrounding environs. Beginning with the earliest images of America from the voyages of Columbus, he examines how scientific, academic and novelistic discourse on the Orinoco has engendered a chronologically layered archive (a prime source of information for cultural elites) and a repository of images and impressions (its topos). At the same time, he considers how the rise of mercantilism and globalism has shaped the organization and distribution of both archive and topos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810848313
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Edition description:
6/9/2006 08:04:58:217
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Ch. 1Culture, Space, and World Systems1
Ch. 2Foundations: Discovery and Description21
Ch. 3Literary Implantations: Mercantilism, Behn, and Defoe55
Ch. 4In-Forming Humboldt: Tropes and Tropics in Scientific Narrative79
Ch. 5The City of Letters: Planning and the Culture of Modernism105
Ch. 6Globalization and the Ethics of Narrative147
Bibliography193
Index213
About the Author219

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