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Author Scobie, Ruth, author
Title Celebrity culture and the myth of Oceania in Britain, 1770-1823 / Ruth Scobie
Imprint Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : The Boydell Press, published in association with BSECS, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2019
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Descript vii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Series Studies in the Eighteenth Century, 2398-9904
Studies in the Eighteenth Century
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-201) and index
List of tables and illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: 'see modern fame' -- Otaheite and the scandal of celebrity -- The immortality of James Cook -- Consuming the Bounty mutiny -- Botany Bay and the limits of the public sphere -- Epilogue: the 'unknown public', and Tahíti as It Was -- Bibliography -- Index
At the end of the eighteenth century metropolitan Britain was entranced by stories emanating from the furthest edge of its nascent empire. In the experience of eighteenth-century Britain, Oceania was both a real place, evidenced by the journals of adventurers like Joseph Banks, the voyage books of Captain James Cook and the growing collection of artifacts and curiosities in the British Museum, and a realm of fantasy reflected in theater, fashion and the new phenomenon of mass print. In this innovative study Ruth Scobie shows how these multiple images of Oceania were filtered to a wider British public through the gradual emergence of a new idea of fame - commodified, commercial, scandalous - which bore in some respects a striking resemblance to modern celebrity culture and which made figures such as Banks and Cook, Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers on Pitcairn Island into public icons. Bringing together literary texts, works of popular culture, visual art and theatrical performance, Scobie argues that the idea of Oceania functioned variously as reflection, ideal and parody both in very local debates over the problems of contemporary fame and in wider considerations of national identity, race and empire
Subject Celebrities -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
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