Curious Encounters: Voyaging, Collecting, and Making Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century
With contributions from historians, literary critics, and geographers, Curious Encounters uncovers a rich history of global voyaging, collecting, and scientific exploration in the long eighteenth century. Leaving behind grand narratives of discovery, these essays collectively restore a degree of symmetry and contingency to our understanding of encounters between European and Indigenous people. To do this the essays consider diverse agents of historical change, both human and inanimate: commodities, curiosities, texts, animals, and specimens moved through their own global circuits of knowledge and power. The voyages and collections rediscovered here do not move from a European center to a distant periphery, nor do they position European authorities as the central agents of this early era of globalization. Long distance voyagers from Greenland to the Ottoman Empire crossed paths with French, British, Polynesian, and Spanish travelers across the world, trading objects and knowledge for diverse ends. The dynamic contact zones of these curious encounters include the ice floes of the Arctic, the sociable spaces of the tea table, the hybrid material texts and objects in imperial archives, and the collections belonging to key figures of the Enlightenment, including Sir Hans Sloane and James Petiver.
- Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
- World Rights
- Page Count: 256 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
"This book establishes the ‘new geographies of knowledge and power’ that transformed British culture, and those that eighteenth-century explorers encountered, read, and misread. Eighteenth-century specialists, those interested in British cultural history, and literature on voyaging and colonization will appreciate Curious Encounters."
Richard C. Taylor, Department of English, East Carolina University
"Featuring an impressive list of contributors, the main purpose of Curious Encounters is a laudable one: to disseminate knowledge about early travellers and discoveries in less-trodden areas of the world."
Donald W. Nichol, Department of English, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Author InformationAdriana Craciun is the Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair of Humanities at Boston University.
Mary Terrall is a professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Table of contents
ADRIANA CRACIUN AND MARY TERRALL
1 The British Way of Tea: Tea as an Object of Knowledge between Britain and China, 1690–1730
2 Evliya Çelebi, Explorer on Horseback: Knowledge Gathering by a Seventeenth-Century Ottoman
3 Indigenous Voyaging, Authorship, and Discovery
4 The World in a Nicknackatory: Encounters and Exchanges in Hans Sloane’s Collection
MILES OGBORN AND VICTORIA PICKERING
5 A Slaving Surgeon’s Collection: The Pursuit of Natural History through the British Slave Trade to Spanish America
KATHLEEN S. MURPHY
6 From the Monumental to Minutiae: Serializing Polynesian Barkcloths in Eighteenth-Century Britain
7 Formal Encounters: Education, Evangelization, and the Reproduction of Custom in Seventeenth-Century Peru
8 Stadial Environmental History in the Voyage Narratives of George and John Reinhold Forster
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