The Story of the Voyage: Sea-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England

Voorkant
Cambridge University Press, 20 mei 2004 - 244 pagina's
This is the first full study of one of the most popular and extensive forms of eighteenth-century literature, the voyage narrative. It illustrates the wide variety of published and unpublished material in this field, from self-satisfied official accounts to the little-known narratives of victims of the press-gang. It includes a survey of writings about the Pacific - including Cook's voyages and Bligh and The Bounty; there is a major new study of William Dampier, studies of writings about the slave-trade, and accounts of seamen and passengers, including Fielding and Mary Wollstonecraft. This is a book about writing, rather than exploration and adventure, dealing with the devious routes from the actuality of experience to the production of self-serving narratives. These are narratives of energy, vitality and interest, set within the context of British competitive sea-going imperialism.
 

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Introduction
The wreck of the Wager
52
Dr Hawkesworth at sea
79
Cook and the Forsters
101
The silence of Fletcher Christian
124
The slavetrade
142
Passengers
165
Autobiographies
186
The infortunates
203
Conclusion
218
Bibliography
225
Index
234
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