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Nature and Some Naturalists

Douglas Kerr

in Eastern Figures

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099340
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206892 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099340.003.0005
Nature and Some Naturalists

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This chapter discusses natural history and figures of nature that are present in Western writing about the East. It examines how the wilderness is represented, how it is seen by those who enter it, and how it returns their gaze. This helps constitute them as various kinds of subjects, such as writers, explorers, sportsmen, and naturalists, who are in search of paradise, on missions of subjugation, or scientific expeditions. The chapter also looks at the single and instructive case of the uses of nature, particularly the role of animals, in George Orwell's representation and understanding of the Orient.

Keywords: natural history; figures; Western writing; wilderness; nature; animals; Orient

Chapter.  19567 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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