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Reid, C. (2017). “This savage world was an open book”: Genre and landscape in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan series. Journal of Popular Culture, 50(1), 147–162. 
Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard (8/30/22, 7:04 AM)   Last edited by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard (8/30/22, 12:14 PM)
Resource type: Journal Article
Peer reviewed
DOI: 0.1111/jpcu.12507
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0022-3840
BibTeX citation key: Reid2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: Literature, Tarzan
Creators: Reid
Publisher: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc. (Oxford)
Collection: Journal of Popular Culture
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Notes
Much of this details Tarzan's tracking and detective skills, but, while there is mention of the importance of Tarzan's sense of smell in this, hearing is only mentioned briefly. Equally, there is discussion of binaries (between Africa and Europe/America) but no discussion of Burroughs' sound descriptors and how they are used to make the distinction.
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p.148   "When Burroughs refers to the jungle, and it is one of the most frequently used nouns in the entire Tarzan series, he is imagining any tropical, densely forested area and does not draw any further technical or ecological distinctions. For Burroughs’s purposes the most important features of the jungle are connected to genre and the impetus for adventure they provide and, in this respect, the jungle can be encapsulated in four key descriptive adjectives: perilous, primitive, impenetrable, and unnavigable."   Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard
Keywords:   Literature Tarzan
p.149   "the jungle is a vertical landscape in which the vegetation and ancient trees reduce visibility and impede any attempts at navigating"   Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard
Keywords:   Literature Tarzan Space
p.150   "The binaries at the core of the series—the modern and the primitive, civilized and savage, urban and wild—are heightened and complemented by a landscape that is both oppositional in itself and can slowly reveal a series of starkly contrastive hidden societies within its impenetrable borders."   Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard
Keywords:   Literature Tarzan
p.150   The coast is "an intermediary space between the African jungle and the wider world, the coast provides intelligibility and transparency to those trapped within an obscure and mysterious landscape."   Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard
Keywords:   Literature Tarzan
p.153   "Tarzan’s ability to tell this tale, to navigate so unerringly, is initially founded upon his finely tuned senses of hearing, smell, and sight."   Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard
Keywords:   Literature Tarzan
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