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On canonical geographies
Histories of geography are, by their very nature, selective enterprises. The apparent tendency of geographers to disparage particular periods of the discipline’s history, at the same time as exalting
Bringing Geography to Book: Ellen Semple and the Reception of Geographical Knowledge
Ellen Semple's 'Influences of Geographic Environment' (1911) - a treatise on what would later be called environmental determinism - coincided with the emergence of geography as an independent
Travels into Print: Exploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773-1859
In eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, books of travel and exploration were much more than simply the printed experiences of intrepid authors. They were works of both artistry and
Questions of Inscription and Epistemology in British Travelers’ Accounts of Early Nineteenth-Century South America
This article examines the problems of truth and of trust in travelers’ narratives. Following a review of work on travel writing and the place of printed travel narratives in the making of
“A Royal Geographical Society for Ladies”: The Lyceum Club and Women's Geographical Frontiers in Edwardian London
This article reconstructs the history, organization, and campaigning function of the Geographical Circle of the Lyceum Club—a membership group that, under the leadership of Bessie Pullen-Burry
Geographies of the Book: Review and Prospect
This paper traces the origins and recent history of the geography of the book: an interdisciplinary focus of study for geographers, book historians and historians of science. In describing this
Coming of age? Reflections on the centenary of women's admission to the Royal Geographical Society
Women's admission to the Royal Geographical Society was at least a two-staged affair, with a cohort of 22 women being admitted in 1892–93 before open access to women from 1913. However, whilst
Travels into print: authoring, editing and narratives of travel and exploration, c.1815–c.1857
This paper examines the relationships between authorship and editing in the production of narratives of travel and exploration. The context to the paper is the widespread interest in exploration and
Unpacking geography: a brief history, 1973–2013
In this paper I describe the changing use of the figurative term ‘unpack’ in Anglo-American geographical writing between 1973 and 2013. I present the results of a survey of the term's occurrence,
The spectacular and the sacred: narrating landscape in works of travel
This article – drawing upon the archives of the London publisher John Murray – addresses the narration of landscape in 19th century printed accounts of travel and exploration. The geological work of