Peak pursuits: the emergence of mountaineering in the nineteenth century [book review]

Huggins, Mike ORCID logo ORCID: (2021) Peak pursuits: the emergence of mountaineering in the nineteenth century [book review]. Cultural and Social History, 18 (4). pp. 594-596.

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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: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 1478-0046
Departments: Institute of Arts > Humanities
Additional Information: Mike Huggins reviews the book 'Peak pursuits: the emergence of mountaineering in the nineteenth century' by Caroline Schaumann, Yale University Press, 2020, ISBN 9780300231946.
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 10:46
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 12:01


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