The 18th Century Search for the Blue Nile

Suggested Readings

European Perceptions of Foregin Lands

Sebe, Berny. "The Making of British and French Legends of Exploration, 1821-1914." In Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World, edited by Dane Kennedy, 109-131. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Withers, Charles. “Travel and Trust in the Eighteenth Century.”  L’invitation au Voyage:  Studies in Honour of Peter France.  Oxford:  Voltaire Foundation, 2000:  47-54.

James Bruce's Travel Narrative

Baker, Samuel W. The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia and the Sword Hunters of the Hamran Arabs. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1868.

Reid, J.M. Traveller Extraordinary:  The Life of James Bruce of Kinnaird. London:  Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1968:  310.

Other Travel Narratives 

Beaglehold, J.C.  “On the Character of Captain James Hook.”  The Geographical Journal Vol. 122 No. 4 (1956): 417-429. 

Finnis, Bill.  Captain James Cook: Seaman and Scientist. London: Chaucer Press, 2003.  

Hugh, Richard Alexander. Captain James Cook: A Biography. New York: W.W.Norton & Co., 1995.  

Reception and Credibility 

Leask, Nigel. “Curious Narrative and the Problem of Credit: James Bruce’s Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile.” In Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing, 1770-1840, 54-101. Oxford University Press.

Mitsein, Rebekah. “’Come and Triumph with Your Don Quijote’: Or, How James Bruce Travelled to Discover the Nile but Found Scotland Instead.” Studies in Travel Writing 18, no. 1 (2014): 1-17.

Mitsein, Rebekah. What the Abyssinian Liar Can Tell Us about True Stories: Knowledge, Skepticism, and James Bruce's Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, 1-5. 2015.

Moorefield, Arthur. “James Bruce: Ethnomusicologist or Abyssinian Lyre?” Journal of the American Musicological Society 28, no. 3 (1975): 493-514.

Nahari, Galit. "Credibility Judgment of Narratives: Language, Plausability and Absorption." The American Journal of Psychology 123, no. 3 (2010): 319-35. Accessed May 20, 2015.

Ullendorf, Edward. "James Bruce of Kinniard." The Scottish Historical Review 32, no. 114 (1953): 128-43.

Suggested Readings