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Representations of British Emigration, Colonisation and Settlement
Imagining Empire, 1800-1860
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
 
08 Nov 2005
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This volume explores the complex relationships between early Nineteenth-Century representations of emigration, colonisation and settlement, and the social, economic and cultural conditions within which they were produced. It stresses the role of writers, illustrators and artists in 'making' colonial/settler landscapes within the metropolitan imaginary, paying particularly close attention to the complex interdependencies between metropolis and colony, which have too often been reduced to simplistic binaries of centre and periphery, metropolitan core and colonial outpost. Focussing on material dealing with Canada, the Cape, Australia and New Zealand, its interdisciplinarity and global reach consequently adds considerably to the field of colonial studies.


Description

This volume explores the complex relationships between early Nineteenth-Century representations of emigration, colonisation and settlement, and the social, economic and cultural conditions within which they were produced. It stresses the role of writers, illustrators and artists in 'making' colonial/settler landscapes within the metropolitan imaginary, paying particularly close attention to the complex interdependencies between metropolis and colony, which have too often been reduced to simplistic binaries of centre and periphery, metropolitan core and colonial outpost. Focussing on material dealing with Canada, the Cape, Australia and New Zealand, its interdisciplinarity and global reach consequently adds considerably to the field of colonial studies.


Reviews

A rich analysis of the visual and textual representations of colonial spaces that were paraded before the British metropolitan public by travel writers and colonial emigration promoters during the early to mid-nineteenth century. It is based on an impressively extensive reading of primary published sources about Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA.
This book serves as an example of how visual and textual analyses can be blended to reveal the grip on metropolitan imaginations that colonial landscapes and peoples could exert during the nineteenth century. As such, I would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of British colonisation.
H-Soz-u-Kult


Contents

Preface
Curious Consistencies: The Shape of the Literature of Emigration, Colonisation and Settlement
Exploring Contexts, Marking Boundaries, Charting Parallels
England and America/Dystopian and Utopian
Colonial Promoters: Tactics, Rubrics and Rhetorics
Cash, Convicts and Christianity
Darkest England/Brighter England
The 'Fit and Unfit', 'Who Should Go' and 'Who Would be Better to Stay at Home'
'A Lady's Influence': The Gendering of Colonial/Settler Landscapes
Performative Landscapes
'Race is Everything'
Conclusion: Promotion/Nation/Colony/Empire
Bibliography
Index


Authors

ROBERT GRANT is Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, UK.