This book surveys the impact of the British Empire on nineteenth-century British literature from a postcolonial perspective. It explains both pro-imperialist themes and attitudes in works by major Victorian authors, and also points of resistance to and criticisms of the Empire such as abolitionism, as well as the first stirrings of nationalism in India and elsewhere. Using nineteenth-century literary works as illustrations, it analyzes several major debates, central to imperial and postcolonial studies, about imperial historiography and Marxism, gender and race, Orientalism, mimicry, and subalternity and representation. And it provides an in-depth examination of works by several major Victorian authors-Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Disraeli, Tennyson, Yeats, Kipling, and Conrad among them - in the imperial context. Key Features: *Links literary texts to debates in postcolonial studies *Discusses works not included in standard literary histories *Provides in-depth discussions and comparisons of major authors: Disraeli and George Eliot; Dickens and Charlotte Bronte; Tennsyon and Yeats *Provides a guide to further reading and a timeline
Patrick Brantlinger is James Rudy Professor of English and Victorian Studies (Emeritus) at Indiana University. He is the author or editor of 13 books including Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1900 (Cornell University Press, 1988), Dark Vanishings: Nineteenth-Century Discourse about the Extinction of Primitive Races (Cornell University Press, 2003), and The Blackwell Companion to the Victorian Novel (Blackwell Publishers, 2002), edited with William Thesing.
Series Editors' Preface; Acknowledgments; Timeline; Exploring the Terrain: Introduction: Nineteenth-Century Literature and Imperialism; Slavery and Empire in Romantic and Early Victorian Literature; The Empire Cleans Up Its Act; Emigration Narratives; Thrilling Adventures; Race and Character; Imperial Gothic; Debates: Imperial Historiography, Marxism, and Postcolonialism; Gender, Sexuality, and Race; Orientalism(s); 'Mimicry' versus 'Going Native'; Can Subalterns Speak?; Case Studies: Homecomings; Tennyson, Yeats, and Celticism; Oriental Desires and Imperial Boys: Romancing India; Imperial Boys: Romancing Africa; Coda; Primary Sources; Works Cited; Secondary Sources; Further Reading