Picturing tropical nature / Nancy Leys Stepan.

Author
Stepan, Nancy [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2001.
Description
283 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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  • "Whether as sublime landscape, malignant wilderness, or a site for environmental conflicts and ecotourism, tropical nature is to a great extent an American and European imaginative construct, conveyed in literature, travel writing, drawings, paintings, photographs, and diagrams. These images are central to Nancy Leys Stepan's view that a critical examination of the "tropicalization of nature" can remedy some of the most persistent misrepresentations of the region and its peoples.".
  • "Picturing Tropical Nature reflects on the work of several nineteenth- and twentieth-century scientists and artists, including Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Louis Agassiz, Sir Patrick Manson, and Margaret Mee.
  • Their careers illuminate several aspects of tropicalization: science and art in the making of tropical pictures; the commercial and cultural boom in things tropical in the modern period; photographic attempts to represent tropical hybrid races; antitropicalism and its role in an emerging environmentalist sensibility; and visual depictions of disease in the new tropical medicine."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • 1. Going to the Tropics
  • 2. An Evolutionist's Tropics
  • 3. Racial Degenerations
  • 4. Racial Transformations
  • 5. The New Tropical Pathology
  • 6. Appearances and Disappearances
  • 7. Tropical Modernism.
ISBN
0801438810
LCCN
00060393
OCLC
44868927
RCP
C - S
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