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Early Modern Travel Accounts and the Male Body: Exploring the Aesthetics of Human Crisis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3064-212X
2017 (English)In: Literature and Crisis: Conceptual Explorations and Literary Negotiations / [ed] Elizabeth Kovach, Ansgar Nünning, Imke Polland, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2017, p. 45-58Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This contribution focusses on Gerrit de Veer’s account of Willem Barentsz’ voyages to the Arctic Ocean 1494–1597 (de Veer 2010 [1876]). It investigates the representation of early modern travels on northern waters, on travels undertaken in order to gain wealth and glory but that most commonly were characterized by extreme physical and mental strain. De Veer’s travelogue presents a microcosm of suffering, of men who struggle to stay alive or who simply give up when life loses its meaning. Several passages in the text differ from the purely descriptive parts that were common in early modern travelogues; by adding illustrative passages of how the men feel in certain situations and how they deal with everyday tasks while trapped in the ice, the narration expands and replaces the measurable and observable by that which is experienced. It is the aim of this contribution to cast light on those aesthetic aspects of travel writing by reading de Veer’s text as a cultural response to humanitarian crisis.

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Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2017. p. 45-58
Series
Studies in English Literary and Cultural History (ELCH) ; 73
Keyword [en]
travel literature, travelogue, crisis
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General Literature Studies
Research subject
Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152916ISBN: 978-3-86821-741-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152916DiVA, id: diva2:1181930
Available from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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