Peak Pursuits: the emergence of mountaineering in the nineteenth century

Huggins, Mike (2021) Peak Pursuits: the emergence of mountaineering in the nineteenth century. Cultural and Social History . pp. 1-2. Full text not available from this repository.

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The complex encounters between people and mountains have attracted a very substantial literature, with well over 2000 books on mountaineering in the British Library alone. This is a sensitive and well-written addition to the genre. Caroline Schaumann is a professor of German Studies who approaches her topic through insights drawn partly from literary analysis and criticism, but also in a strongly inter-disciplinary way, studying the liminal mountain world through perspectives that range across cultural history, art history, sociology, tourism, gender, philosophy, and geography. Her book is not a standard history of rock climbing but rather a transnational view of the nineteenth-century emergence of mountaineering via the writings and artistic and photographic depictions associated with eleven richly–diverse individuals drawn from Britain, Europe and North America, in a subtle and highly nuanced way. Each writer is chosen because he had a significant influence on future global cultural understandings of, and discourse about, mountain exploration and climbing.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Cultural and Social History
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1478-0046
Departments: Departments > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 05-04-2021; issued 05-04-2021.
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 10:46
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 11:08

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