Preserving the Self in the South Seas, 1680-1840 / Edition 2

Preserving the Self in the South Seas, 1680-1840 / Edition 2

by Jonathan Lamb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226468496

ISBN-13: 9780226468495

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


The violence, wonder, and nostalgia of voyaging are nowhere more vivid than in the literature of South Seas exploration. Preserving the Self in the South Seas charts the sensibilities of the lonely figures that encountered the new and exotic in terra incognita. Jonathan Lamb introduces us to the writings of South Seas explorers, and finds in them unexpected…  See more details below

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The violence, wonder, and nostalgia of voyaging are nowhere more vivid than in the literature of South Seas exploration. Preserving the Self in the South Seas charts the sensibilities of the lonely figures that encountered the new and exotic in terra incognita. Jonathan Lamb introduces us to the writings of South Seas explorers, and finds in them unexpected and poignant tales of selves alarmed and transformed.

Lamb contends that European exploration of the South Seas was less confident and mindful than we have assumed. It was, instead, conducted in moods of distraction and infatuation that were hard to make sense of and difficult to narrate, and it prompted reactions among indigenous peoples that were equally passionate and irregular. Preserving the Self in the South Seas also examines these common crises of exploration in the context of a metropolitan audience that eagerly consumed narratives of the Pacific while doubting their truth. Lamb considers why these halting and incredible journals were so popular with the reading public, and suggests that they dramatized anxieties and bafflements rankling at the heart of commercial society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226468495
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Romancing of the Civil Self1
Introduction3
1Political Theories of the Self17
2The Romance of Navigation49
3Science and Collecting76
4Scurvy114
5The Polynesian Person and the Spread of Leprosy132
Pt. IIFrom Juan Fernandez to New Zealand163
6Void Contracts and Subtle Islands165
7Patriots in Paradise200
8Starlings and Parrots; Keate and Sympathy250
9The Settlement of New Zealand281
References309
Index337

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