Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Science - 208 pages
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Adventure stories, produced and consumed in vast quantities in 18th, 19th and 20th-century Europe, narrate encounters between Europeans and the non-European world. They map both European and non-European peoples and places. Robinson Crusoe maps a white, male, Christian, middle-class adventurer - a vision for Britain - and it maps a petit-bourgeois, settled island with a white master and a black slave - a vision for British colonialism. Exotic, malleable, uncomplicated settings serve to neutralise and normalise constructs, that seem implausible in more immediately familiar, textured settings. Victorian boys story writers such as Robert Ballantyne, map hegemonic masculinities, notably Christian manliness, and imperial geographies, including particular colonies. But beneath the superficial realism of adventure stories there lies an undercurrent of ambivalence, which makes adventures maps more fragile than they appear. While adventure stories map, they also unmap geographies and identities, destabilizing and sometimes recasting them.
  

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Contents

MAPPING ADVENTURES
22
MAPPING
45
MAPPING EMPIRE
68
AMBIVALENCE IN THE GEOGRAPHY OF ADVENTURE
89
READING AND RESISTANCE
113
UNMAPPING ADVENTURES
143
CONCLUSION
161
Nores
170
Bibliogeapby
185
Index
202
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Richard Phillips was born in Winchester, Massachusetts. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts and planned to study international law, but later transferred to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he graduated in 1979. Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama at the time it was held hostage by Somali pirates during the cargo ship's hijacking in April 2009. His book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea, details his capture by Somali Pirates. This book was made into a major motion picture, Captain Phillips, in 2013 starring Tom Hanks.

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