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British Imperial Literature, 1870-1940 : Writing and the Administration of Empire - Daniel Bivona

British Imperial Literature, 1870-1940

Writing and the Administration of Empire

Hardcover Published: 13th June 1998
ISBN: 9780521591003
Number Of Pages: 252

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This book is a sweeping study of the way British writers used imperial service as a stage for dramatizing new modes of social order and self-consciousness. An expanding administrative machine, Bivona argues, naturalized and domesticated bureaucratic forms of social control, inscribing the ideals of service, submission, discipline, and renunciation in the hearts and minds of the young men employed in administrating the empire. Bivona examines how this governing ideology is treated in Kipling, Conrad, T. E. Lawrence, Forster, Cary and Orwell.

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"British Imperial Literature 1870-1940 creates a new context in which to sstudy these important writers whose ideas still trouble us. Few books achieve so much. In doing so, it reminds us of the use of historical readings that are not overwhelmed by ideology." Anne E. Fernald, Modern Fiction Studies "...an indispensable resource for any scholar interested in placing the colonial servant inside the bureaucracy within which he worked and ruled." Nineteenth-Century Prose "British Imperial Literature is one of the more interesting, important books on this topic published within the last five or six years - well worth reading by all students of Victorian and early twentieth-century British literature and culture." English Lterature in Transition 1880-1920 "Bivona's study of the relation of imperialism and the ideology of the bureaucrat adds an original contribution to current studies on imperialism and literature." South Central Review "Daniel Bivona's analysis spendidly assists in clarfying how what he terms the European bureaucratic subject, working in the service of imperial governmance and expansion, is both instrument and agent...Bivona provides a commanding review of the growth of imperial bureaucracy in the nineteeth century...Bivona's excellent study...Bivona's book is an orginal and much needed contribution to the already large group of studies dealing with the workings of Victorian and early-twentieth-century empire." Victorian Studies

Agents and the problem of agency: the context
Why Africa needs Europe: from Livingstone to Stanley
Kipling's 'Law' and the division of bureaucratic labor
Agent, instrument, and novelist: Cromer, Gordon, Conrad and the problem of imperial character
'Gladness of abasement': T. E. Lawrence and the erotics of imperial discipline
Resurrecting individualism: the interwar novels of imperial manners
Conclusion: work as rule
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ISBN: 9780521591003
ISBN-10: 0521591007
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 13th June 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54