Imagining The Arctic: Heroism, Spectacle And Polar Exploration

March 30, 2017|
Imagining The Arctic: Heroism, Spectacle And Polar Exploration by Huw Lewis-jones
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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.
Huw Lewis-Jones is an award-winning historian of exploration, photo-editor and polar guide with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was a Fellow at Harvard University and Curator of both the National Maritime Museum in London and the Scott Polar Research Institute. He has travelled widely across the Arctic regions, also voyaging...
Title:Imagining The Arctic: Heroism, Spectacle And Polar Exploration
Product dimensions:448 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:448 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.98 in
Published:March 30, 2017
Publisher:I.B. Tauris
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781784536589

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