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