Bioprospecting Breadfruit: Imperial Botany, Transoceanic Relations, and the Politics of Translation

@article{Braun2019BioprospectingBI,
  title={Bioprospecting Breadfruit: Imperial Botany, Transoceanic Relations, and the Politics of Translation},
  author={J. Braun},
  journal={Early American Literature},
  year={2019},
  volume={54},
  pages={643 - 671}
}
  • J. Braun
  • Published 2019
  • History
  • Early American Literature
Abstract:This article traces the breadfruit tree's strange career as an eighteenth-century superfood, its journey from the Pacific world to the Caribbean islands, and the rhetorical practices, epistemological slippages, and linguistic permutations that undergirded these developments. Comparing indigenous, Spanish, English, Dutch, French, and US-American descriptions of the breadfruit tree, the essay not only argues for a more sustained engagement with multilingual and comparative sources but… Expand