Imagining the Arctic: Heroism, Spectacle and Polar Exploration

Lewis-Jones, Huw ORCID logoORCID: (2017) Imagining the Arctic: Heroism, Spectacle and Polar Exploration. Tauris Historical Geography Series . I.B. Tauris / Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 978-0755600991

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Imagining the Arctic explores the culture and politics of polar exploration and the making of its heroes. Leading explorers, the celebrity figures of their day, went to great lengths to convince their contemporaries of the merits of polar voyages. Much of exploration was in fact theatre: a series of performances to capture public attention and persuade governments to finance ambitious proposals. The achievements of explorers were promoted, celebrated, and manipulated, whilst explorers themselves became the subject of huge attention. Huw Lewis-Jones draws upon recovered texts and striking images, many reproduced for the first time since the nineteenth century, to show how exploration was projected through a series of spectacular visuals, helping us to reconstruct the ways that heroes and the wilderness were imagined. Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Imagining the Arctic offers original insights into our understanding of exploration and its pull on the public imagination.[Description from Publisher]

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: A new monograph, drawn from doctoral and post-doctoral research on Arctic imaginative geographies, cultures of polar exploration and heritage, photography, print culture, spectacle and exhibition, and nineteenth-century hagiography. Described by Professor Andrew Lambert as a ‘rich and compelling study’, and an ‘invaluable contribution’ by Dr John Sugden. Professor John MacKenzie has written it is ‘layered with incisive historical insights…a subtle and revealing examination’. Trade paperback by Bloomsbury to be released in December 2019.
ISBN: 978-0755600991
Subjects: Arts > Biographic
Geography & Environment > Climate Change
Arts > Geographic
Geography & Environment
Arts > Graphic Arts
Arts > Historical
Geography & Environment > International
History > International
Arts > Photography > Marine & Natural Photography
Courses by Department: The Institute of Photography > Marine & Natural History
Depositing User: Huw Lewis-Jones
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 16:24
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 16:12


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