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Toward a Cultural Geography of Mars: Imaginative Geography and the Superior Martian

in Geographies of Mars

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226470788
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470795 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226470795.003.0006
Toward a Cultural Geography of Mars: Imaginative Geography and the Superior Martian

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This chapter focuses on the cultural geography of Mars science. It argues that the popular sensation over Martian landscapes and inhabitants constituted a meaningful engagement with imperial and expansionist imaginative geographies. This chapter analyzes the divergent American and British opinion on the inhabited-Mars hypothesis and explores the multiplicity of imaginative geographies that can be read in the phenomenon of turn-of-the-century Mars science.

Keywords: Mars science; cultural geography; Martian landscapes; imaginative geographies; inhabited-Mars hypothesis

Chapter.  10230 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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