Travelling and Mapping the World

Travelling and Mapping the World

Scientific Discoveries and Narrative Discourses

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Edited by: Adriana Corrado, Vita Fortunati, Gilberta Golinelli

Travelling and Mapping the World: Scientific Discoveries and Narrative Discourses investigates the interfacing between the development of scientific discourses and the re-configuration of old paradigms of knowledge both in literature and science that started in Europe in the age of the Great Discoveries and continued throughout the 17th and the 18th century.
The book brings together various disciplinary areas, and a variety of scientific terms of reference, as well as points of observation from several European contexts. At the centre of the volume is travel literature, a genre of a hybrid kind from its very beginnings, of somewhat indefinite contours. It has been for centuries at the interface of fields of knowledge and disciplines such as cartography, cosmogony, astronomy, physics, zoology, ethnology, and ethology, and also the history of medicine and pharmacology. But travel literature, as the essays in this book demonstrate, was and still is a fertile field of enquiry for theoreticians, philosophers, anthropologists and historians of ideas in which to trace the history of paradigms and Western culture’s founding cognitive categories such as gender, identity, otherness, race and ethnicity.

The traveller confirms, through his ‘eclectic’ knowledge, that the geographical discoveries and the possession of territories are inseparably linked to the emergence of a new science.
The accounts of voyages become an important reference point to monitor the developments and the progress of scientific competence in the areas of physics, astronomy, geography and the science of navigation.
Compasses, lenses, marine chronometers, deforming mirrors and other objects become the new symbols of a poetic language that draws on nature, but also and above all on scientific knowledge and experience.

Adriana Corrado is Professor of English Literature at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples. Her main research areas are utopian literature, travel literature and the English novel.
Vita Fortunati is Professor of English Literature at the University of Bologna. Her main research areas are utopian studies, modernism, gender and women’s studies.
Gilberta Golinelli teaches English literature, women’s and gender studies at the University of Bologna. Her main research areas are travel literature, gender and women’s studies and Shakespeare’s plays.

List of Contributors: Gastone Castellani, Adriana Corrado, Eleonora Federici, Vita Fortunati, Gilberta Golinelli, Annamaria Lamarra, Alfredo Pennica, Concetta Pennuto, Manfred Pfister, Antonella Piazza, Renata Oggero, Jean-Michel Racault, Marina Rossi, Francesca Russo, Jüri Talvet

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Data di inserimento in catalogo: 08.02.2011.

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