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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.

The South Pacific narratives of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London - Lawrence Phillips

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Title
The South Pacific narratives of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London - race, class, imperialism
Author
Lawrence Phillips
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Academic
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20140130

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.

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Lawrence Phillips is Head of Regent's American College and Professor of English and Cultural Criticism at Regent's University London, UK. His recent publications include London Narratives: Post-War Fiction and the City (2006) and, as co-editor, Angela Carter: New Critical Readings (2012).

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Imperialism in literature.|Islands of the Pacific - In literature.|Oceania - In literature.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
215

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