Empire Writing: An Anthology of Colonial Literature 1870-1918

Paperback | August 30, 2009

EditorElleke Boehmer

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`The contact with . . .primitive nature and primitive man brings sudden and profound trouble into the heart.' (Joseph Conrad) `Flowers look loveliest in their native soil . . .plucked, they fade, And lose the colours Nature on them laid.' (Toru Dutt) This is the first anthology to gather together British imperial writing alongside native and settler literature in English, interweaving short stories, poems, essays, travel writing, and memoirs from the phase of British expansionist imperialism known as high empire. A rich and starling diversityof responses to the colonial experience emerges: voices of imperial; adventurers, administrators, memsahibs, propagandists and poets intermingle with West Indian and South African nationalists, Indian mystics, Creole balladeers, women activists and native interpreters. Drawn from India, Africa, theWest Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, and Britain, this wide-ranging selection reveals the vivid contrasts and subtle shifts in responses to colonial experience, and embraces some of empire's key symbols and emblematic moments. Comprehensive notes and full biographies ensure thatthis is one of the most compelling, readable and academically valuable source books on the period.

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`The contact with . . .primitive nature and primitive man brings sudden and profound trouble into the heart.' (Joseph Conrad) `Flowers look loveliest in their native soil . . .plucked, they fade, And lose the colours Nature on them laid.' (Toru Dutt) This is the first anthology to gather together British imperial writing alongside n...

Elleke Boehmer is Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.98 inPublished:August 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555591

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the AnthologySelect BibliographyChronology of Key EventsForewordEarly Decades1880s and 1890s Canadian PoetryThe Bulletin Writers of the 1890sFin de SiecleThe South African War (1899-1902)Later DecadesAfterwordAppendixExplanatory NotesBiographiesPublisher's AcknowledgementsIndex

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"a remarkable diversity of texts, reflecting the full complexity of colonial literature in the high phase of British imperialism...it is hard to fault Boehmer's choice of texts and the perspicacity of her comments" --Essays in Criticism January 2000