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Visitors to the Arctic enter places that have been traditionally imagined as otherworldly. This strangeness fascinated audiences in nineteenth-century Britain when the idea of the heroic explorer voyaging through unmapped zones reached its zenith. The Spectral Arctic re-thinks our understanding of Arctic exploration by paying attention to the importance of dreams and ghosts in the quest for the Northwest Passage. The narratives of Arctic exploration that we are all familiar with today are just the tip of the iceberg: they disguise a great mass of mysterious and dimly lit stories beneath the surface. In contrast to oft-told tales of heroism and disaster, this book reveals the hidden stories of dreaming and haunted explorers, of frozen mummies, of rescue balloons, visits to Inuit shamans, and of the entranced female clairvoyants who travelled to the Arctic in search of John Franklin’s lost expedition. Through new readings of archival documents, exploration narratives, and fictional texts, these spectral stories reflect the complex ways that men and women actually thought about the far North in the past. This revisionist historical account allows us to make sense of current cultural and political concerns in the Canadian Arctic about the location of Franklin’s ships.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Epigraphs
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. vi
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  2. p. vii
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  1. List of illustrations
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introduction: Arctic dreams
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Toward no earthly pole: Otherworldly quests for a Northwest Passage
  2. pp. 19-51
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  1. 2. Spectral geographies of the Arctic: Shamanism, reveries, wandering
  2. pp. 52-78
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  1. 3. Mesmerism, clairvoyance and the search for the lost Franklin expedition
  2. pp. 79-138
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  1. 4. Spiritual routes and revelations: The Franklin mystery renewed
  2. pp. 139-169
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  1. 5. Polar queens, ghosts and mummies: Women in Arctic discourses
  2. pp. 170-200
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  1. 6. The spectral place of the Franklin expedition in contemporary culture
  2. pp. 201-226
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  1. Afterword: The discoveries of the Erebus and Terror
  2. pp. 227-233
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 234-241
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 242-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-266
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787352452
Related ISBN(s)
9781787352469
MARC Record
OCLC
1156894743
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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