John Barth and the Anxiety of Continuance

John Barth and the Anxiety of Continuance

Author: Patricia Tobin

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512808032

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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With its control of sugar plantations in the Caribbean and tea, cotton, and indigo production in India, Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries dominated the global economy of tropical agriculture. In Colonizing Nature, Beth Fowkes Tobin shows how dominion over "the tropics" as both a region and an idea became central to the way in which Britons imagined their role in the world. Tobin examines georgic poetry, landscape portraiture, natural history writing, and botanical prints produced by Britons in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and India to uncover how each played a crucial role in developing the belief that the tropics were simultaneously paradisiacal and in need of British intervention and management. Her study examines how slave garden portraits denied the horticultural expertise of the slaves, how the East India Company hired such artists as William Hodges to paint and thereby Anglicize the landscape and gardens of British-controlled India, and how writers from Captain James Cook to Sir James E. Smith depicted tropical lands and plants. Just as mastery of tropical nature, and especially its potential for agricultural productivity, became key concepts in the formation of British imperial identity, Colonizing Nature suggests that intellectual and visual mastery of the tropics-through the creation of art and literature-accompanied material appropriations of land, labor, and natural resources. Tobin convincingly argues that depictions of tropical plants, gardens, and landscapes that circulated in the British imagination provide a key to understanding the forces that shaped the British Empire. Beth Fowkes Tobin is Professor of English at Arizona State University. She is the author of Picturing Imperial Power: Colonial Subjects in Eighteenth-Century British Painting.
John Barth and the Anxiety of Continuance
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Patricia Tobin
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-11-11 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

With its control of sugar plantations in the Caribbean and tea, cotton, and indigo production in India, Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries dominated the global economy of tropical agriculture. In Colonizing Nature, Beth Fowkes Tobin shows how dominion over "the tropics" as both a region and an idea
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Pages: 204
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Language: en
Pages: 410
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