Landscapes sublime: imperialism, the wilderness ideal and the history of conservation in Tanzania

Show simple item record Butler, Marie-Jean 2009-09-18T10:52:15Z 2009-09-18T10:52:15Z 2009-09-18T10:52:15Z
dc.description.abstract Abstract “LANDSCAPES SUBLIME: IMPERIALISM, THE WILDERNESS IDEAL AND THE HISTORY OF CONSERVATION IN TANZANIA" The aim of this dissertation is to trace the implications that Western views of nature have had for the restructuring of African landscapes through the creation of game reserves and national parks, with a particular focus on Tanzania. I contend that wilderness spaces are the main repositories of a western imaginary that longs for those places where nature is prodigious and untamed, uncontaminated by development and devoid of people. The idealization of landscapes is derived from the aesthetic of the Romantic sublime with its dual impulse: the quest for escape from a fragmenting and morally corrupting capitalist society, and the search for the immutable and the transcendent in landscape 'untouched' by development. In Africa the physical manifestation of the wilderness landscape ideal came to be reflected in real space – the space of the East African national park. To produce a wild landscape in which animals roam free required the reproduction of a certain ideology of nature which may have been inaugurated during the colonial period, but which has been assimilated and even expanded by post-colonial regimes like Tanzania. Why is it, I ask, that the wilderness landscape ideal is so remarkably persistent in the post-colonial, post-socialist Tanzania of today? Taking the approach of scholars like Mitchell, I ask not just what landscape ‘is or ‘means’ but what it does in this context. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject The Romantic tradition en_US
dc.subject Landscape en_US
dc.subject The sublime en_US
dc.subject Imperialism en_US
dc.subject Wilderness and Wild Animals en_US
dc.subject Conservation en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.subject East Africa en_US
dc.subject Colonialism en_US
dc.subject Post-colonialism en_US
dc.title Landscapes sublime: imperialism, the wilderness ideal and the history of conservation in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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