Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Science - 208 pages
The heroes of adventure fiction have led readers through distant discoveries and exotic encounters for over three centuries. But where exactly have they taken us and what have they shown?Produced and consumed in vast quantities from the eighteenth through the twentieth-centuries, adventure stories map both European and non-European peoples and places. Robinson Crusoe maps a white male, Christian, middle-class adventurer - a vision for Britain - and a petit-bourgeois, settled island with a white master and a black slave - a vision for British colonialism. These exotic yet uncomplicated settings serve to neutralize and normalize constructs that seem implausible in more immediately familiar settings. But beneath the superficial realism of adventure stories there lies an undercurrent of ambivalence, which makes adventures maps more fragile than they appear.
 

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Contents

MAPPING ADVENTURES
14
MAPPING
45
MAPPING EMPIRE
68
AMBIVALENCE IN THE GEOGRAPHY OF ADVENTURE
89
READING AND RESISTANCE
113
UNMAPPING ADVENTURES
143
CONCLUSION
161
Bibliography
185
Index
202
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Page 194 - THE HERMIT; or, THE UNPARALLELED SUFFERINGS AND SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF MR. PHILIP QUARLL, an Englishman, who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington, a Bristol Merchant, upon an Uninhabited Island in the South Sea, where he has lived above Fifty Years, without any Human assistance, still continues to reside, and will not come away...

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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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