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Settler Colonialism in Victorian Literature

Settler Colonialism in Victorian Literature
Economics and Political Identity in the Networks of Empire

Volume 122

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108484428

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  • How did the emigration of nineteenth-century Britons to colonies of settlement shape Victorian literature? Philip Steer uncovers productive networks of writers and texts spanning Britain, Australia, and New Zealand to argue that the novel and political economy found common colonial ground over questions of British identity. Each chapter highlights the conceptual challenges to the nature of 'Britishness' posed by colonial events, from the gold rushes to invasion scares, and traces the literary aftershocks in familiar genres such as the bildungsroman and the utopia. Alongside lesser-known colonial writers such as Catherine Spence and Julius Vogel, British novelists from Dickens to Trollope are also put in a new light by this fresh approach that places Victorian studies in a colonial perspective. Bringing together literary formalism and British World history, Settler Colonialism in Victorian Literature describes how what it meant to be 'British' was re-imagined in an increasingly globalized world.

    • Provides fresh insight into familiar novels of the Victorian canon, and coverage of lesser-known colonial texts
    • Illuminating interdisciplinary approach draws on both literary and economic texts - in depth coverage of finance, economics and history lacking in other studies of the period's novels
    • Presents an expansive transnational approach with texts from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, enabling students to gain an overarching understanding of the period's literature
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108484428
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 3 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: settler colonialism and metropolitan culture
    1. The transportable pip: liberal character, territory, and the settled subject
    2. Gold and greater Britain: the Australian gold rushes, unsettled desire, and the Global British subject
    3. Speculative utopianism: colonial progress, debt, and Greater Britain
    4. Manning the imperial outpost: the invasion novel, geopolitics, and the borders of Britishness

  • Author

    Philip Steer, Massey University, Auckland
    Philip Steer is Senior Lecturer in English at Massey University, Auckland. He is co-editor with Nathan K. Hensley of Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (2018), and his essays have appeared in Victorian Studies and Victorian Literature and Culture, as well as in Modernism, Postcolonialism, and Globalism (2018) and A History of New Zealand Literature (Cambridge, 2016). He completed his doctorate at Duke University after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. He is also the recipient of a Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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