Preserving the Self in the South Seas 1680-1840
By (author) Jonathan Lamb
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Preserving the Self in the South Seas 1680-1840 by Jonathan Lamb
Book DescriptionIn the literature of South Seas exploration the violence, wonder, and nostalgia of voyaging are vivid. This volume 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 ofthe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226468495
(229mm x 153mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Jonathan Lamb
Jonathan Lamb is a professor of English at Princeton University. He is the author, most recently, of "The Rhetoric of Suffering: Reading the Book of Job in the Eighteenth Century" and coeditor of "Exploration and Exchange: A South Seas Anthology, 1680-1900" and "Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769-1840."
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