Week 5 – Ashcroft (1st Ed.): Allegories of Atlas; Rabasa

Rabasa draws out binary themes of the masculine/feminine as well as the civilized/barbaric in his critique of Mercator’s Atlas.  Something that he doesn’t touch on in this particular excerpt is the fact that only 4 continents are included on the map.  Does that mean that the others have been left out because they are not part of the Eurocentric colonies, and/or do not contain the resources that are necessary for the maintenance of said economies?  Perhaps they haven’t been “discovered” yet; but I would think that Australia, at least, would be included seeing that it’s first European visitors shored in 1606, while Mercator’s atlas was offered in 1636.  Also interesting is the nature of naming from the Eurocentric worldview; even this has colonizing behaviors.  It “others”, holds power, and defines place in custom with Eurocentric values and beliefs, without giving local credence to geography and nomenclature.

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~ by Brian Shope on October 26, 2007.

One Response to “Week 5 – Ashcroft (1st Ed.): Allegories of Atlas; Rabasa”

  1. Interesting point – seems like to me I’d have to go with the economic choice of why they weren’t included but that could just be me…

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