Frank Kingdon-Ward's Deep Map : Charting Southwest China

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Chapter in research book/monograph/textbook (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwentieth-Century Literary Encounters in China
Subtitle of host publicationModernism, Travel, and Form
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages19-42
ISBN (Electronic)9780367815400
ISBN (Print)9780367415983, 9781032088150
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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NameRoutledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the Land of the Blue Poppy (1913), a work of travel writing by the British botanist and explorer Frank Kingdon-Ward. While discussing Kingdon-Ward’s travels in relation to the history of plant collecting and empire, this chapter argues that his works played an important and formative role in mediating knowledge of China to Western audiences. As Kingdon-Ward’s texts appear to inscribe key geographical and ethnographic distinctions, they also suggest a sense of sublime escape from Western modernity, one that is constructed in relation to primitivist discourses, but which also addresses an environmental sensibility and a concern for landscape that extends beyond human conception and timescales. Through a process of ‘deep mapping’ that involves a layering of autobiographical, natural scientific, ethnographic, and sociocultural discourses, his works reveal an engagement with the landscape that foregrounds the ways in which forms of writing and mapping are mediated cultural practices.

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Frank Kingdon-Ward's Deep Map : Charting Southwest China. / Mather, Jeffrey.

Twentieth-Century Literary Encounters in China: Modernism, Travel, and Form. New York : Routledge, 2020. p. 19-42 (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Chapter in research book/monograph/textbook (Author)