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Cross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad’s Malay Fiction: by R. Hampson

By R. Hampson

This is often the 1st significant research to compile for exam all of Conrad's Malay fiction: the early novels, Almayer's Folly , An Outcast of the Islands , and Lord Jim ; the 2 later novels, Victory and The Rescue ; and diverse brief tales, corresponding to The Lagoon and Karain . the quantity makes a speciality of cross-cultural encounters, cultural id and cultural dislocation, paying specific recognition to problems with race and gender. He additionally situates Conrad's fiction relating to previous English bills of South-East Asia.

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10 Britain’s Asian policy was thus ‘always affected by European considerations’ – in particular, fears of ‘French dominance of the continent’. 13 There are, however, a number of problems with this simple map. First, it confidently glosses over and conceals various indeterminacies. The archeological and epigraphic evidence for the early period in particular is very scanty. 14 Wheatley, however, is starting from the evidence of human presence in the area 250 000 years ago, with Problems of Historiography 33 the first epigraphic evidence dating from the fifth century CE and no indigenous literary sources before the sixteenth-century.

From the 1514 translation of Book 1 of Introduction 21 Ptolemy’s Geography was developed the lunar-distance method of finding longitude, but the mathematical calculations were complex – this was one of the reasons for the establishment of the Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital and for Pepys setting up the naval officers’ examination with its navigational component. 71 The project of finding longitude was associated with the Royal Society from its early days. In 1674 the Royal Society began plans for an observatory to help ship-owners and sailors with the problem of finding longitude at sea: by providing observational data, lunar distances could be predicted more accurately.

In 1731, John Hadley (1682–1744), then vice-president of the Royal Society, invented the double-reflection quadrant, which became the basis for the sextant. For measuring longitude by lunar distance, there was now a catalogue of star-positions provided by the Greenwich Observatory and an appropriate measuring instrument, the double-reflection quadrant. All that lacked was a theory of lunar motion, and this was provided by Tobias Mayer in 1755. In 1761, Neville Maskelyne (1732–1811), the Astronomer Royal, was sent by the Royal Society on a voyage to and from St Helena to observe the transit of Venus and to test Mayer’s tables.

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