The Introduction outlines cross-pollinations between Victorian travel writing to Africa and the Caribbean and nineteenth century medical discourse. Specifically, it argues that works by Mary Seacole, Richard Burton, Africanus Horton, Mary Kingsley and Joseph Conrad may productively be read as early forms of illness narrative within a colonial context. The authors under study all depict travel within the ‘contact zones’ of climate as dangerous to white subjects. The Introduction outlines both the aesthetics and political impact of these foreboding representations of the colonial tropics. It concludes that writers privileged images of the ‘fatal climate’ over images of contagion because narratives of illness from the environment enhance the observer’s authority regarding local conditions.
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