Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. ix

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Thanks are due first to my mentors, Pamela Gilbert and Kenneth Kidd. Thank you so much for setting such high standards, for offering me such fantastic models of the scholarly life to aspire to, and for being kind in...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-30

In an April 2005 New Yorker article promoting the publication of his edited rerelease of a Victorian geography primer, The Clumsiest People in Europe; or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World...

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The Dysfunctional "Family of Man"

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pp. 31-65

In the late eighteenth century, the impulse to catalog and classify data into tables and charts extended from the pages of encyclopedias to the specimen cases in museums to the practices of ethnographers, naturalists, and cartographers. As Michel Foucault's work has shown, the visibility...

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Place Settings at the Imperial Dinner Party

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pp. 66-106

Historians of food culture investigate how the changing landscape of the English table, marked by coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, and exotic fruits, reflected imperial expansion and trade abroad as well as changing...

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Terra Incognita

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pp. 107-146

The nineteenth-century English public had many opportunities to encounter terra incognita, and not just in gazing at an imperial map. The "unknown territory" that was brought before the viewing...

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"Prisoners in Its Spatial Matrix"

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pp. 147-189

The chapter title is derived from a remark by spatial theorist J. B. Harley, who contends that maps are a "technology of power" within which "[t]he world is disciplined. The world is normalized. We are prisoners in its spatial matrix."1 As we have seen in previous chapters, women...

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Conclusion

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pp. 190-200

This project engages with the politics of erasure and recovery. I set out to investigate how children's geography primers can be recovered or reclaimed in order to productively rethink the roles women...

Notes

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pp. 201-238

Bibliography

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pp. 239-254

Index

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pp. 255-260