By Francis O'Gorman
This quantity provides clean techniques to vintage Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural international during which the Victorian novel was once written and browse. Crosses conventional disciplinary limitations. presents clean views on how Victorian fiction pertains to varied contexts, resembling classification, sexuality, empire, psychology, legislations and biology.
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Ballantyne, and others represent 15 Cannon Schmitt non-European parts of the world in these terms: as places of maturation or regeneration where boys can discover – or, in cases like Hartright’s, where incomplete or failed men can rediscover – their adult masculinity. Those novels also represent other parts of the world as sources of pleasure, portraying imperialism as if it were, again like a sport or a game, difficult but fun. Thus was empire enlisted in the service of boyhood and boyhood tied closely to imperialism.
Illustrations could function in a whole range of ways. At their most anodyne, they did little more than break up pages of print, offering pleasant, but unmemorable impressions of social status, setting, and physical appearance: even John Millais’s respectful illustrations to four of Anthony Trollope’s novels (Framley Parsonage, 1860–1; Orley Farm, 1861–2; The Small House at 29 Kate Flint Allington, 1862–4, and Phineas Finn, 1867–9) add little other than social elegance. Much more interpretive were the illustrations which accompanied the part publications of both Dickens’s and Thackeray’s novels, which frequently amplified a storyline, or gave pointers as to the dominant metaphorical and thematic strands in the text.
The confident references made in that novel to ‘the’ Indian or oriental character provide a reminder that empire was also a locus for the production of knowledge – ethnographic knowledge in particular. Kurtz’s report on ‘savage customs’, Creighton’s series of ‘monographs on strange Asiatic cults’ (ch. 10: 223), Holly’s observations on the ways of the Amahagger tribe over which She rules: all attest, in the pages of fiction, to the extra-fictional role of the imperial encounter in the development of anthropology.