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Hunting for Empire

Narratives of Sport in Rupert’s Land, 1840-70

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.

Table of Contents



Foreword: Documenting the Exotic / Graeme Wynn



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




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