Strange Travelogues

in Visualizing American Empire

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226075334
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075303 | DOI:
Strange Travelogues

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This chapter examines the American interest in Oriental motifs in the 1870s before images representing the Philippines surfaced in the mass media, specifically considering the personal collection of Charles Longfellow, the son of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who spent several years traveling in Asia during the 1870s. Longfellow collected photographs, tattoos, and other material objects during lengthy trips to Asia. The poet's son is particularly intriguing because he went beyond the role of mere tourist; he actually lived in Asia for a number of years and also collected images of himself and others in the Philippines.

Keywords: Oriental motifs; Philippines; Charles Longfellow; Asia

Chapter.  5777 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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