The Idea of the Antipodes

Place, People, and Voices

By Matthew Boyd Goldie

© 2010 – Routledge

228 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This study uses critical theory to investigate the history of how people have thought about the antipodes—the places and people on the other side of the world—from ancient Greece to present-day literature and digital media. Taking into account maps, letters, book illustrations, travel writing, poetry, and drama, Goldie reveals that the history of the idea of the antipodes might be seen as different modes or discourses: mathematical and geographical in the earliest era, cartographical and kinetic in the medieval period, social and sexual in the Early Modern, sartorial and littoral in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and bodily and humorous in the latest era. Using the theories of Eve Sedgwick, Michel Foucault, Epeli Hau‘ofa, and others, this book extends postcolonialism’s historical scope and challenges the theory’s approaches and perceptions: center-periphery, East-West, and mimicry.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction: Beside the Antipodes 1: Spots in Time: Antipodean Place, Habitation, and Communication in the Ancient World 2: Earthly Motions: The Antipodes in Medieval Geography and Cartography 3: Returning Monsters: Gender, Sex, and Child-Getting in Early Modern Britain 4: Britain in the Antipodes, Huahine in Britain: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Encounter Correspondence 5: Island Laughter: Twentieth-Century Antipodean Literature Afterword: Global Antipodes in a Virtual World Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Matthew Boyd Goldie is Professor of English at Rider University.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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HISTORY / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval