Re-imagining the 'dark Continent' in Fin de Siècle Literature

Author: Robert McLaughlan

Publisher: Edinbrugh Critical Studies in

ISBN: 9780748647156

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 237

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Maps the fin de siecle mission to open up the 'Dark Continent.' Although nineteenth-century map-makers imposed topographic definition upon a perceived geographical void, writers of Adventure fiction, and other colonial writers, continued to nourish the idea of a cartographic absence in their work. This study explores the effects of this epistemological blankness in fin de siecle literature, and its impact upon early Modernist culture, through the emerging discipline of psychoanalysis and the debt that Freud owed to African exploration. The chapters examine: representations of Black Africa in missionary writing and Rider Haggard's narratives on Africa; cartographic tradition in Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections; and mesmeric fiction, such as Richard Marsh's The Beetle, Robert Buchanan's The Charlatan and George du Maurier's Trilby. As Robbie McLaughlan demonstrates, it was the late Victorian 'best-seller' which merged an arcane Central African imagery with an interest in psychic phenomena.

Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle

Author: Talia Schaffer,Susan J. Wolfson

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 606

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This unprecedented comprehensive anthology of short canonical readings on important topics in fin-de-siècle literature offers the most prominent examples of poetry, fiction, prose, and drama for thorough in-depth study. This anticipated collection features non-canonical stories, poems, and articles alongside well-known works by fin-de-siècle authors. By bringing to the forefront the definition and the significance of the fin-de-siècle movement, this anthology involves the reader in a continual scholarly endeavor. Organized into two thematic units, "Aestheticism" and "The New Women," this text includes a range of authors: from Wilde and Kipling to Housman and Pater. Annotations and unit introductions supply brief, informative explanations to aid comprehension.

Gendered Pathologies

The Female Body and Biomedical Discourse in the Nineteenth-century English Novel

Author: Sondra M. Archimedes

Publisher: N.A


Category: Body, Human, in literature

Page: 524

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Germania in Africa

Germany's Colonial Literature

Author: Joachim Warmbold

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 305

View: 2353


Translation of: Ein Steuckchen neudeutsche Erd'--."

Literary Cultures of Latin America : a Comparative History: Latin American literary culture

Author: Mario J. Valdés,Djelal Kadir

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195175424

Category: Brazilian literature

Page: 753

View: 1361


In three volumes of expert, innovative scholarship, Literary Cultures of Latin America offers a multidisciplinary reference on one of the most distinctive literary cultures in the world. In topically arranged articles written by a team of international scholars, Literary Cultures of Latin America explores the shifting problems that have arisen across national borders, geographic regions, time periods, linguistic systems, and cultural traditions in literary history. Bucking the tradition of focusing almost exclusively on the great canons of literature, this unique reference work casts its net wider, exploring pop culture, sermons, scientific essays, and more. While collaborators are careful to note that these volumes offer only a snapshot of the diverse body of Latin American literature, Literary Cultures of Latin America highlights unique cultural perspectives that have never before received academic attention. Comprised of signed articles each with complete bibliographies, this unique reference also takes into account relevant political, anthropological, economic, geographic, historical, demographic, and sociological research in order to understand the full context of each community's literature.