Guilt, wilderness, desert islands: the Romantic Pacific

Lansdown, Richard (2011) Guilt, wilderness, desert islands: the Romantic Pacific. In: Meyer, Michael, (ed.) Romantic explorations: selected papers from the Koblenz Conference of the German Society for English Romanticism. Studien zur englischen Romantik (Vol. 8). Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp. 137-148.

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Readers studying the intellectual impact of the insular Pacific on Western thought since the Magellan circumnavigation of 1520-22 will encounter some bald patches, in terms of both primary and secondary literature. Such patches are normally explicable enough. Between the Dutch voyages of exploration coming to a climax with Abel Tasman in 1642 and the Anglo-French ones of the 1760s, for example, European travels in the region were somewhat few, somewhat tentative, and somewhat disorganized, principally because the major parties were in decline, at war, or both. Similarly, there is a massive literature on the 'Enlightenment' Pacific (that period inaugurated by Bougainville in 1766, terminated by the disappearance of La Perouse in 1788, and dominated by the three voyages of Cook from 1768 to 1779 in between) and a massive literature on the "Colonial" Pacific (which, putting Australia to one side, might be dated from the annexation and settlement of New Zealand in 1840-41 to the complete dispersal of the Pacific Islands among the great powers by 1900). There is a good deal less coverage of the period 1789-1840, which broadly coincides with the Romantic movement in European intellectual circles.

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