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Colonial Transitions: Literature and Culture in the Late Victorian Age
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Colonial Transitions: Literature and Culture in the Late Victorian Age (Paperback)

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This volume offers an analysis of colonial literature in the late Victorian age with a specific focus on the works of Henry Rider Haggard (1865-1925) and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). Starting from the investigation of the nineteenth century as a period of great historical complexity, it places colonial narratives in a wide panorama of social and cultural developments, illustrating the role played by both adventure romances and imperial novels on the ideological and epistemic fabric of this age. By considering late nineteenth-century writing in the context of a multifarious background, the book sheds light on the intellectual discourses that emerged from the culture of imperialism. It also investigates the textual devices through which topical ideas were fictionalized, both in works included in the field of adventure literature and, at a more extended degree, in the whole novel genre. Far from the limits imposed by chronological classification, the stories selected for analysis are introduced in a common conceptual space that contributes to the articulation of a rich literary territory, where crucial themes such as the complications of racial rapports, the ethical failure of the imperial experience, the developments in individual and national identity are explored.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Languages with Grant & CutlerEnglishELT background & reference materialPhilosophy, Psychology & Social Sciences Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Publication Date: 22/02/2012 ISBN-13: 9783034311212  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Tania Zulli is Lecturer of English at the University of Rome III. Her publications include Nadine Gordimer. Strategie narrative di una transizione politica (2005) and She. Explorations into a Romance (2010).

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