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Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire$
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Felix Driver and Luciana Martins

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226164717

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226164700.001.0001

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Tropic and Tropicality

Tropic and Tropicality

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(p.197) 11 Tropic and Tropicality
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Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire
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Denis Cosgrove

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226164700.003.0011

The chapters in this book variously parse the discursive usages of “tropicality” as the concept evolved during the period of most intense European penetration into the geographic spaces and human worlds that bestride the equator. The term “visions” implies and as various chapters here testify, that Europeans did not arrive in tropical latitudes free from presumptions or anticipations about these regions of the globe. The framework of “Voyages,” “Mappings,” and “Sites” suggests a complex interplay of representation and experience within which encounter with actual places and peoples was mediated through the long premodern history of “Western” ideas and images about how the world between Cancer and Capricorn might be. Negotiation of meanings has been continuous between tropical imaginings and the sensuous, embodied experiences and subsequent representations of visionaries and voyagers, merchants and missionaries, conquerors and colonists.

Keywords:   tropic, tropicality, equator, voyages, mappings, sites

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