Strange and Dangerous Voyage of Captaine Thomas James (BOK)

Colleen M. Franklin

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While Thomas James is not widely known today, this was not always the case: his 1633 publication The Strange and Dangerous Voyage of Captaine Thomas James was, until the early nineteenth century, the British public's primary source of information about what we now know as northern Canada. The account of his attempt to find the Northwest Passage and the winter he spent on an island in James Bay made his name synonymous with exploration and the north. Over the centuries James' narrative was used to compile travel books and to compose philosophical treatises, histories, children's books, as well as poetry and novels - most notably, it influenced Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Colleen Franklin's critical edition of the Voyage is the first since 1894. Her introduction details how James engages with both medieval and early modern perceptions of the north as well as the early modern imperative to base knowledge on observation and experience, and offers a history of the text's reception from its first publication into the nineteenth century. An invaluable reference on the early European exploration of North America, The Strange and Dangerous Voyage of Captaine Thomas James sheds new light on the representation of the Canadian north.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Colleen M. Franklin
Marston Book DMARSTO Orphans
ISBN 9780773541924
Antall sider 388 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,1cm x 3,3cm
Vekt 699 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Language, Geographical discovery & exploration, Regional studies