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
ISBN-10:
0810848317
ISBN-13:
9780810848313
Pub. Date:
12/15/2003
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

"Let me sail, let me sail, let the orinoco flow," sings Enya. Soon, like her, we find ourselves on an extraordinary voyage to the heart of the famed Rio Orinoco with intrepid quester 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 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. If you have ever wondered how cultural knowledge has emerged historically, and in particular how it relates to larger changes in the political economy of information, then you must come "sail away, sail away, sail away" with Orinoco Flow.

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

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

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