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Visual Culture and Arctic Voyages
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In the mid-nineteenth century, thirty-six expeditions set out for the Northwest Passage in search of Sir John Franklin's missing expedition. The array of visual and textual material produced on these voyages was to have a profound impact on the idea of the Arctic in the Victorian imaginary. Eavan O'Dochartaigh closely examines neglected archival sources to show how pictures created in the Arctic fed into a metropolitan view transmitted through engravings, lithographs, and panoramas. Although the metropolitan Arctic revolved around a fulcrum of heroism, terror and the sublime, the visual culture of the ship reveals a more complicated narrative that included cross-dressing, theatricals, dressmaking, and dances with local communities. O'Dochartaigh's investigation into the nature of the on-board visual culture of the nineteenth-century Arctic presents a compelling challenge to the 'man-versus-nature' trope that still reverberates in polar imaginaries today. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • Visual Culture and Arctic Voyages
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Studies In Nineteenth-Century Literature And Culture - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-v
  • Figures
    pp vi-ix
  • Acknowledgements
    pp x-xiii
  • Abbreviations and Nomenclature
    pp xiv-xvi
  • Introduction
    pp 1-19
  • Witnessing the Arctic
  • Chapter 1 - ‘On the Spot’
    pp 20-50
  • Scientific and Personal Visual Records (1848–1854)
  • Chapter 2 - ‘Breathing Time’
    pp 51-80
  • On-Board Production of Illustrated Periodicals (1850–1854)
  • Chapter 3 - ‘These Dread Shores’
    pp 81-113
  • Visualising the Arctic for Readers (1850–1860)
  • Chapter 4 - ‘Never to Be Forgotten’
    pp 114-142
  • Presenting the Arctic Panorama (1850)
  • Chapter 5 - ‘Power and Truth’
    pp 143-174
  • The Authority of Lithography (1850–1855)
  • Chapter 6 - Conclusion
    pp 175-180
  • Resonances
  • Notes
    pp 181-231
  • Bibliography
    pp 232-255
  • Index
    pp 256-268
  • Cambridge Studies In Nineteenth-Century Literature And Culture - Series page
    pp 269-276


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