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torrid zone:

see tropicstropics,
also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the Tropic of Cancer at lat. 23 1-2°N and the Tropic of Capricorn at lat. 23 1-2°S.
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Torrid Zone

[′tär·əd ‚zōn]
(climatology)
The zone of the earth's surface which lies between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
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Striking about both Humboldt's torrid zone and Austen's wilderness are their sharp demarcations from the more predictably grasped spaces that precede them in the respective narratives, with the new zones separated from the old by distinct boundaries.
Temperature variation is also common in the Torrid zones but since they are invariable warm to hot, and moist, the impact is limited.
A collection of stories culled from Frater's extensive personal and professional globetrotting, Tales from the Torrid Zone takes the reader on a journey through the remarkable lands that lie between the tropics, starting at, and periodically returning to, Frater's birthplace--the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu.
Beyond the torrid zone and the vast equatorial arm of the ocean was a temperate zone which the ancient world thought was inhabited.
The Summer excursion into exotic territory begins when the poet declaims "Now Come bold Fancy, spread a daring Flight / And view the Wonders of the torrid Zone" (631-32).
The controlling wind flow in both hemispheres is that of the Trade Winds which feed the Torrid Zone and its core rainfall belt (the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone: ITCZ) with a regular, reliable moist air inflow.
The final chapter, 'Torrid Zones and Detoxified Landscapes: Picturing Jamaica, 1825-40', considers the genre of landscape in aquatint and lithography, also in the troubled period of emancipation.
It might seem at first that the eighteenth century has been richly served by historical accounts, beginning with Ian Watt's paradigm-shifting The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding (1957), and developing in subtle but important ways in Lennard Davis's Factual Fictions: The Origins of the English Novel (1983); Michael McKeon's The Origins of the English Novel: 1600-1740 (1987); Janet Todd's The Sign of Angellica: Women, Writing, and Fiction, 1660-1800 (1989); Felicity Nussbaum's Torrid Zones: Maternity, Sexuality, and Empire in Eighteenth-Century English Narratives (1995); and William Beatty Warner's Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain, 1684-1750 (1998).
By the end of Torrid Zones they have become emblematic of the various 'resistances' of colonized women to empire and patriarchy.
In Torrid Zones, Felicity Nussbaum is concerned not so much to ask an equivalent question ('Did women have an Enlightenment?') as to enquire for which women, where, and to whose benefit an Enlightenment might have taken place.
Torrid Zones: Maternity, Sexuality;, and Empire in Eighteenth-Century English Narratives.
The former group, important instances of which include Toni Bowers' The Politics of Motherhood (Cambridge, 1996) and Felicity Nussbaum's Torrid Zones (Johns Hopkins, 1995), has explored the ways that mothers perceived as savage and/or deviant worked to consolidate a constricting and impossible ideal of natural maternal domesticity.