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Writing the Colonial Adventure : Race, Gender and Nation in Anglo-Australian Popular Fiction, 1875-1914 - Robert Dixon

Writing the Colonial Adventure

Race, Gender and Nation in Anglo-Australian Popular Fiction, 1875-1914

Paperback Published: 28th August 1995
ISBN: 9780521484398
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book is an exploration of popular late nineteenth-century texts that show Australia - along with Africa, India and the Pacific Islands - to be a preferred site of imperial adventure. Focusing on the period from the advent of the new imperialism in the 1870s to the outbreak of World War I, Robert Dixon looks at a selection of British and Australian writers. Their books, he argues, offer insights into the construction of empire, masculinity, race, and Australian nationhood and identity. Writing the Colonial Adventure shows that the genre of adventure/romance was highly popular throughout this period. The book examines the variety of themes within their narrative form that captured many aspects of imperial ideology. In considering the broader ramifications of these works, Professor Dixon develops an original approach to popular fiction, both for its own sake and as a mode of cultural history.

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"Dixon rises above a penchant for wordiness and jargon and provides a discussion of the literary importance of this conflict. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice ."..a sophisticated account of Anglo-Australian culture's adolescence..." Times Literary Supplement

The romance of property
Outlaws and lawmakers: Boldrewood, Praed and the ethics of adventure
Israel in Egypt: the significance of Australian captivity narratives
Imperial romance: King Solomon's Mines and Australian romance
The new woman and the coming man: gender and genre in the 'lost-race' romance
The other world: Rosa Praed's occult novels
The boundaries of civility: Australia, Asia and the Pacific
Imagined invasions: The Lone Hand and narratives of Asiatic invasion
The colonial city: crime fiction and empire
Beyond adventure
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ISBN: 9780521484398
ISBN-10: 0521484391
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36