By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity provides clean ways to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural global during which the Victorian novel used to be written and skim. Crosses conventional disciplinary barriers. presents clean views on how Victorian fiction pertains to diversified contexts, equivalent to type, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislations and biology.
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Bongie, Chris (1991) Exotic Memories: Literature, Colonialism, and the Fin de Siècle. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Brantlinger, Patrick (1988) Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830–1914. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Bristow, Joseph (1991) Empire Boys: Adventures in a Man’s World. London: HarperCollins. ) (2001) Politics and Empire in Victorian Britain: A Reader. New York: Palgrave. Burton, Sir Richard Francis (1869; 1968) Explorations of the Highlands of Brazil; with a Full Account of the Gold and Diamond Mines.
London: Routledge. Bivona, Daniel (1990) Desire and Contradiction: Imperial Visions and Domestic Debates in Victorian Literature. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Bongie, Chris (1991) Exotic Memories: Literature, Colonialism, and the Fin de Siècle. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Brantlinger, Patrick (1988) Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830–1914. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Bristow, Joseph (1991) Empire Boys: Adventures in a Man’s World. London: HarperCollins.
When discussing imperialism, it is necessary to speak not of a ‘center’ that makes history and a ‘periphery’ that merely endures it but rather of a mutual constitution of colonizing and colonized society. Robert J. C. Young (1995) and 16 Empire in the Victorian Novel Homi Bhabha (1994), albeit in quite different work, both demonstrate one aspect of that mutual constitution by exploring the discourse of ‘hybridity’ in the imperial context. Mary Louise Pratt, in Imperial Eyes (1992), provides a way to think about influence moving in both directions when she invokes the term ‘transculturation’ – the process by which subordinated or colonized groups make use of materials from the metropole or colonizing power, but also the process by which the colonizing power comes to be influenced or shaped by those it has colonized (p.