Adventures in the Volcano’s Throat: Tropical Landscape and Bodily Horror in R. M. Ballantyne’s Blown to Bits

  title={Adventures in the Volcano’s Throat: Tropical Landscape and Bodily Horror in R. M. Ballantyne’s Blown to Bits},
  author={John Miller},
  journal={Victorian Review},
  pages={115 - 130}
eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 was a catastrophic event, a then-unparalleled disaster that wiped an island from the globe and produced meteorological effects from which no part of the earth was immune. In his recent popular history of the explosions, Simon Winchester argues that Krakatoa "still attracts an endless procession of superlatives ... the greatest detonation, the loudest sound, the most devastating volcanic event in modern recorded human history" (c).1 Details were at first slow to… Expand
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