Book Chapter

Primitivism

Citation

Loingsigh AN (2019) Primitivism. In: Forsdick C, Kinsley Z & Walchester K (eds.) Keywords for Travel Writing Studies: A Critical Glossary. London: Anthem Press, pp. 202-204. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvg5bsp2.73

Abstract
Primitivism has a long history. Its beginnings as a distinctive discourse, however, are more widely associated with early-modern encounters between European explorers and the New World. As this early era of exploration developed into a sustained period of global conquest and colonization, primitivist figures began to feature heavily in textual and visual representations of the non-European Other. The term ‘ primitivism’ itself is derived from the Latin primitivus, meaning the first or earliest of its kind. As used or evoked by writers from the sixteenth century and beyond, primitivism broadly denotes humankind in a ‘wild’, ‘savage’, ‘unrefined’ or ‘natural’ state....

Journal
Keywords for Travel Writing Studies

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online22/04/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31467
PublisherAnthem Press
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781783089239
eISBN9781783089222