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David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226487267

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.001.0001

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Islanded: Natural History in the British Colonization of Ceylon

Islanded: Natural History in the British Colonization of Ceylon

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(p.123) Chapter Six Islanded: Natural History in the British Colonization of Ceylon
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Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science
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Sujit Sivasundaram
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0006

This chapter examines the symbolic geography of Ceylon as a scientific site. It suggests that the scale of inquiry in Ceylon included the ways in which nineteenth-century networks of colonial understanding about that island could not be separated from questions about the physical topography of the island itself. This chapter also contends that the twin topography of Ceylon and their long-standing iconic associations were constitutive of relations between British natural history and the natural knowledge that Kandyans cultivated around Buddhist temples.

Keywords:   Ceylon, scientific site, symbolic geography, British natural history, natural knowledge, Kandyans, Buddhist temples, topography

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