The South Pacific Narratives of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London: Race, Class, Imperialism

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A study tracing issues of race, class and imperialism in the South Pacific through the work of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London.
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Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. 'Race', Class and Imperialism in Stevenson's The Amateur Emigrant 3. Jack London's The People of the Abyss: Socialism, Imperialism and the Bourgeois Ethnographer 4. Death, Disease and Paradise: A Parable of Imperial Expansion 5. The Inequities of Trade: Adventure Narratives, Ethics, and Imperial Commerce in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Wrecker 6. The Indignity of Labour: Jack London's Adventure and Plantation Labour in the Solomon Islands 7. Fragments of Empire, Fractured Identities 8. Afterword Bibliography Index
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From 1888 to 1915 Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London were uniquely placed to witness and record the imperial struggle for the South Pacific. Engaging the major European colonial empires and the USA, the struggle questioned ideas of liberty, racial identity and class like few other arenas of the time. Exploring a unique moment in South Pacific and Western history through the work of Stevenson and London, this study assesses the impact of their national identities on works like The Amateur Emigrant and Adventure; discusses their attitudes towards colonialism, race and class; shows how they negotiated different cultures and peoples in their writing and considers where both writers are placed in the Western tradition of writing about the Pacific. By contextualizing Stevenson's and London's South Pacific work, this study reveals two critical voices of late nineteenth-century and early 20th-century colonialism that deserve to stand beside their contemporary Joseph Conrad in shaping contemporary attitudes towards imperialism, race, and class.
Autor: Lawrence Phillips
Lawrence Phillips is Professor in English and Cultural Criticism at the University of Northampton, UK.

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Autor: Lawrence Phillips
ISBN-13 :: 9781472522559
ISBN: 1472522559
Erscheinungsjahr: 30.01.2014
Verlag: BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC
Gewicht: 318g
Seiten: 224
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 234x156x12 mm
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