Hunting for Empire offers a fresh cultural history of sport
and imperialism. Greg Gillespie integrates critical perspectives from
cultural studies, literary criticism, and cultural geography to analyze
the themes of authorship, sport, science, and nature. In doing so he
produces a unique theoretical lens through which to study
nineteenth-century British big-game hunting and exploration narratives
from the western interior of Rupert's Land.
Sharply written and evocatively illustrated, Hunting for
Empire will appeal to students and scholars of culture, sport,
geography, and history, and to general readers interested in stories of
hunting, empire, and the Canadian wilderness.
Greg Gillespie is an assistant professor in the Department of Communications, Popular Culture, and Film at Brock University.
Contents Figures Foreword: Documenting the Exotic / Graeme Wynn Acknowledgments Introduction 1 An Imperial Interior Imagined 2 The Prefatory Paradox: Positivism and Authority in Hunting Narratives 3 Cry Havoc? British Imperial Hunting Culture 4 The Science of the Hunt: Mapmaking, Natural History, and Acclimatization 5 Hunting for Landscape: Social Class and the Appropriation of the Wilderness 6 From Colonial to Corporate Landscapes Notes Bibliography Index