Visual Culture and Arctic Voyages

Visual Culture and Arctic Voyages : Personal and Public Art and Literature of the Franklin Search Expeditions

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.53mm | 563g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 1108834337
  • 9781108834339

Table of contents

1. 'On the Spot:' Scientific and personal visual records (1848-1854); 2. 'Breathing Time:' On-Board production of illustrated periodicals (1850-1854); 3. 'These Dread Shores:' Visualizing the Arctic for readers (1850-1860); 4. 'Never to be Forgotten:' Presenting the Arctic panorama (1850); 5. 'Power and Truth:' The authority of lithography (1850-1855); 6. Conclusion: Resonances.
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About Eavan O'Dochartaigh

Eavan O'Dochartaigh is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at National University of Ireland Galway. Prior to this she was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at Umea University in northern Sweden and a Government of Ireland Doctoral Scholar at National University of Ireland Galway. She has also worked as an archaeologist and archaeological illustrator in Ireland, Iceland, and the UK.
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