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The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World
The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World Dane Kennedy 0674018621 9780674018624 Richard Burton was one of Victorian Britains most protean figures. A soldier, explorer, ethnographer, and polyglot of rare powe
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The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World by Dane Kennedy

Richard Burton was one of Victorian Britains most protean figures. A soldier, explorer, ethnographer, and polyglot of rare power, as well as a poet, travel writer, and translator of the tales of the Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, Burton exercised his abundant talents in a diverse array of endeavors. Though best remembered as an adventurer who entered Mecca in disguise and sought the source of the White Nile, Burton traveled so widely, wrote so prolifically, and contributed so forcefully to his generations most contentious debates that heprovides us with a singularly panoramic perspective on the world of theVictorians. One of the great challenges confronting the British in the nineteenth century was to make sense of the multiplicity of peoples and cultures they encountered in their imperial march around the globe. Burton played an important role in this mission. Drawing on his wide-ranging experiences in other lands and intense curiosity about their inhabitants, he conducted an intellectually ambitious, highly provocative inquiry into racial, religious, and sexual differences that exposed his own societys norms to scrutiny. Dane Kennedy offers a fresh and compelling examination of Burton and his contribution to the widening world of the Victorians. He advances the view that the Victorians efforts to attach meaning to the differences they observed among other peoples had a profound influence on their own sense of self, destabilizing identities and reshaping consciousness. Engagingly written and vigorously argued, The Highly Civilized Man is an important contribution to our understanding of a remarkable man and a crucial era.

Author: Dane Kennedy

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 368

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2005-09-30

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ISBN: 0674018621


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