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Arctic circles: circuits of sociability, intimacy and imperial knowledge in Britain and North America, 1818-1828

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Jacobs, A, Arctic circles: circuits of sociability, intimacy and imperial knowledge in Britain and North America, 1818-1828, Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony, Palgrave Macmillan, P Edmonds and A Nettlebeck (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 203-223. ISBN 978-3-319-76231-9 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-76231-9

Abstract

This chapter examines how explorersí wives and families managed both information and trauma during the British search for the Northwest Passage in the 1820s. In their relativesí absence, women circulated gifts, specimens, and correspondence within elite social and scientific networks in metropolitan London, and shored up explorersí reputations as respectable and creditable observers unchanged by their harrowing experiences on the margins of North America. As a result, explorers and family members were both entangled in the fraught intimacies of the field, relationships that developed from explorersí reliance on Indigenous authorities, mixed-race families, and vernacular agents, as well as the close bonds formed among men suffering trauma.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:exploration, women, indigenous peoples, collecting, trauma
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:British History
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
UTAS Author:Jacobs, A (Dr Annaliese Claydon)
ID Code:122039
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-10-27
Last Modified:2018-12-03
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