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Week 17. Scientific Travel and the Natural World

Core Readings

Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (London and New York: Routledge, 1992), Ch. 6: ‘Alexander von Humboldt and the reinvention of América’, pp. 111-143. Link.

Paul Smethurst, Travel Writing and the Natural World, 1768–1840 (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), Ch. 3: 'Natural History in the Contact Zone', pp. 43-67. Link.

David Turnbull, '(En)-Countering Knowledge Traditions: The Story of Cook and Tupaia', in: Tony Ballantyne (ed.), Science, Empire and the European Exploration of the Pacific (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 55-76. Link.

Note: Read one of the chapters in Das and Youngs (2019) on Travel and Deserts, Rivers, Mountains, the Polar region, or Wilderness.

Further Reading

Douglas, Bronwen, Science, Voyages, and Encounters in Oceania, 1511–1850 (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Link.

Görbert, Johannes, 'James Cook and George Forster, Journals and Travel Reports from their 'Voyage Round the World' (1777)', in: Barbara Schaff (ed.), Handbook of British Travel Writing (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2020), pp. 247-266. Link.

Igler, David, The Great Ocean: Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Ch. 5: 'Naturalists and Natives in the Great Ocean'. Link.

Igler, David, 'Indigenous Travelers and Knowledge Production in the Pacific: The Case of Kadu and Ludwig Choris', History Compass 15 (2017), pp. 1-16. Link.

McAleer, John, and Nigel Rigby, Captain Cook and the Pacific: Art, Exploration & Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007). Library.

Robinson, Michael F., ‘Scientific Travel’, in: Nandini Das and Tim Youngs (eds.), The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 488-503. Link.

Sprang, Felix, 'Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle (1839)', in: Barbara Schaff (ed.), Handbook of British Travel Writing (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2020), pp. 373-396. Link.

Skott, Christina, 'Human Taxonomies: Carl Linnaeus, Swedish Travel in Asia and the Classification of Man', Itinerario 43.2 (2019), pp. 218-242. Link.