Hypertext archive of the tropics

Torre, Stephen (2002) Hypertext archive of the tropics. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 1 (1). - .

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Abstract

From the first emergence of geographical models which postulated a warm tropical zone between the two hemispheres, philosophers, theologians, and thinkers of all kinds have speculated on what might be found in the tropics and about the equator. When eventually mariners, navigators and explorers opened up this zone to naturalists and travelers, fantastic accounts and descriptions of the tropics proliferated. The area was described as both an Arcadian paradise where beautiful animals lived in harmony with human beings, and an infernal dystopia of monstrous beasts and polygamous savages and cannibals. In places the tropics could be a desert of barrenness and infertility or an expanse of featureless ocean, while elsewhere it was an aquarium of exotica or a fecund forest of immense biodiversity. For naturalists and scientists it became a vast laboratory in which modern geological, zoological and evolutionary theories were incubated. For imperialists and businessmen it was a cornucopia of precious metals, plantations, and profit. This work is the first version of an archive of writings about the tropics, to be expanded in future issues of etropic. Readers' suggestions are most welcome and contributors of extracts will be acknowledged. The entries are arranged chronologically, but a hypertext author index is included, and this will be supplemented by subject search engines as the archive expands.

Item ID: 5421
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 1448-2940
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 22:31
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 100%
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