Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Exploring Victorian Travel LiteratureDisease, Race and Climate$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jessica Howell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692958

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692958.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 14 April 2021

Africanus Horton and the Climate of African Nationalism

Africanus Horton and the Climate of African Nationalism

Chapter:
(p.83) Chapter 3 Africanus Horton and the Climate of African Nationalism
Source:
Exploring Victorian Travel Literature
Author(s):

Jessica Howell

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692958.003.0004

Africanus Horton was a writer, army officer and one of the first Africans trained as a doctor in Britain. In contrast to Mary Seacole, whose writing stresses her constitutional hardiness, Horton’s writing offers the opportunity to observe how an African nationalist represented his own illness as a source of first-hand knowledge and authority. Further, Horton’s discussion of native plants offers an alternative to the dynamic often noted by critics of eco-colonialism, whereby indigenous peoples are naturalised and colonists depicted as outsiders who tame the tropical environment. Instead, Horton’s nuanced representation of tropical nature serves to underscore Africans’ authority over their own environment.

Keywords:   eco-colonialism, tropical nature, physician autobiography, African nationalism

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.