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Susan Castillo and David Seed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311802

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315084

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French Representations of Niagara: From Hennepin to Butor

French Representations of Niagara: From Hennepin to Butor

(p.56) French Representations of Niagara: From Hennepin to Butor
American Travel and Empire

Charles Forsdick

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes the writing of Louis de Hennepin from a different perspective, demonstrating in his discussion of the Niagara Falls that Niagara was central to French perceptions of North America, and acted over the centuries as an index of shifting conventions of travel writing and topographical description. It deconstructs the physical actuality of the place to show how it was sometimes perceived aurally, at other times as a visual phenomenon.

Keywords:   travel writing, Niagara Falls, French perceptions, North America

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