Hunting for Empire: Narratives of Sport in Rupert's Land, 1840-70

Hunting for Empire: Narratives of Sport in Rupert's Land, 1840-70

by Greg Gillespie, Graeme Wynn

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Overview

Despite Canada’s vast wilderness and outdoor heritage, the history of sport hunting remains at the periphery of academic thought. Hunting for Empire writes sport hunting into Canadian scholarship and provides a starting point for further study.

Hunting for Empire offers a cultural history of sport and imperialism as revealed through 19th-century British big-game hunting and exploration narratives from the western interior of Rupert’s Land. Greg Gillespie integrates critical perspectives from cultural history, cultural studies, literary criticism, and cultural geography to analyze the themes of authorship, sport, science, and nature. Blending these interdisciplinary perspectives, he produces a unique theoretical lens to study narratives of early imperial sport hunting that prevailed before the rise of western Canada’s hunting tourism industry in the late 19th century.

Sharply written and evocatively illustrated, Hunting for Empire will appeal to students and scholars of culture, sport, geography, and history, and to general readers interested in stories of hunting, empire, and the Canadian wilderness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774813549
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Series: Nature/History/Society
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

FiguresAcknowledgments

1. An Imperial Interior Imagined

2. The Prefatorial Paradox: Positivism and Authority in Hunting Narratives

3. Cry Havoc: British Imperial Hunting Culture

4. The Science(s) of the Hunt: Mapmaking, Natural History, and Acclimatisation

5. Hunting for Landscape: Social Class and the Appropriation of the Wilderness

6. From Colonial to Corporate Landscapes Notes

BibliographyIndex

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"This work provides an innovative examination of material not often covered in Canadian historiography. It brings together approaches and questions from sport history and cultural history. By situating the discussion so effectively in the context of current work in cultural history, the manuscript provides an excellent way of encouraging readers to examine published materials in a new light."—Colin Coates, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Landscapes, York University

Colin Coates

This work provides an innovative examination of material not often covered in Canadian historiography. It brings together approaches and questions from sport history and cultural history. By situating the discussion so effectively in the context of current work in cultural history, the manuscript provides an excellent way of encouraging readers to examine published materials in a new light.

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