Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas (Sammelband)

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Laura Dassow Walls Ottmar Ette Vera M. Kutzinski

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POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte 3
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Thematik nach Sprachen
Caribbean Studies, Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch
Caribbean Studies, Literaturwissenschaft, Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Ulloa Antonio de, Thoreau Henry David, Richardson John, La Condamine Charles-Marie de, Jefferson Thomas, Hind Henry Youle, Forster Georg, Emerson Ralph Waldo, Colón Cristobál, Bonpland Aimé, Humboldt Wilhelm von, Humboldt Alexander von, Ökologie, USA, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, Canada, Lateinamerikanische Unabhängigkeitskriege, Sklaverei, Hispanoamerika, 19. Jahrhundert, 18. Jahrhundert


If Alexander von Humboldt’s writings opened up exciting cultural spaces in his time, they can certainly do so again in our own day. As the twenty-first century addresses the problems of intercultural violence, environmental devastation, social justice, and global climate change, the tools and perspectives Humboldt developed and popularized may offer useful resources to meet challenges that he himself already foresaw.

In Humboldt’s spirit, the aim of this collection of essays and translations is to foreground the importance of multiple vantage points. Part I encompasses a collection of eight essays, each from a different disciplinary location (be it cultural history, literary studies, or anthropology) and in relation to diverse geographies in the Americas (Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and the USA). Part II is a collection of eight excerpts from Humboldt’s diary entries and letters originally written in French and German during his travels through the Americas (1799-1804). They appear here in English for the first time.


Introduction: Alexander von Humboldt’s Americas: Starting with Particulars (Vera M. Kutzinski, Ottmar Ette, and Laura Dassow Walls)

I. Historian of the Americas: Essays on Alexander von Humboldt

  1. Humboldt’s Passage to America (Laura Dassow Walls)
  2. Climates of the Enlightenment: Humboldt, the Torrid Zone, and the Eighteenth Century (Neil Safier)
  3. Recalibrating Empire: Humboldtian Climatology in the Reports of the Palliser and Hind Expeditions to British North America’s Great North West, 1857-60 (Suzanne Zeller)
  4. From País to Nation: Alexander von Humboldt and the Formation of Ecuadorian Identity (Christiana Borchart de Moreno and Segundo E. Moreno Yánez)
  5. From Total Impression to Fractal Representation: the Humboldtian Naturbild (Tobias Kraft)
  6. Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Island of Cuba and the Natural History of Caribbean Slavery (Christopher Iannini)
  7. Describing the Nation: Local and Universal in Humboldt’s Administrative Practice and in Late Eighteenth-Century Cameralism (Michael Dettelbach)
  8. TransTropics: Alexander von Humboldt and Hemispheric Constructions (Ottmar Ette)

II. Of Things Natural and Unnatural: Excerpts from Alexander von Humboldt’s Letters and Diaries (Translated from the German and French by Vera M. Kutzinski)

  • Alexander von Humboldt to Wilhelm von Humboldt, July 16, 1799
  • Alexander von Humboldt, “Slaves,” Fall 1800
  • Alexander von Humboldt, “Slaves,” Fall 1800
  • Alexander von Humboldt to Wilhelm von Humboldt, October 17, 1800
  • Alexander von Humboldt to Karl Ludwig Willdenow, February 21, 1801
  • Alexander von Humboldt to Wilhelm von Humboldt, September 21, 1801
  • Alexander von Humboldt to Wilhelm von Humboldt, November 25, 1802
  • Alexander von Humboldt, “Slavery,” March 4, 1803



Ersteller des Eintrags
Tobias Kraft
Donnerstag, 09. August 2012, 12:11 Uhr
Letzte Änderung
Donnerstag, 09. August 2012, 12:11 Uhr