Making a World: Imperialism, Globalization, and the Geopolitical
Imagination in Britain, 1850-1950.
seeks to develop a theoretical framework that distinguishes cultural
globalization from imperialism in the century from 1850-1950.
Argues that to begin to understand the differences among imperialism,
postcolonialism, and globalization as hybrid and related discourses
of difference and "complex connectivity" across the
world, we need to attend to the ways in which British and imperial
subjects alike apprehend or use exhibitions, displays, and books
that disseminate such tropes in the age of world empires and their
The Novel and the Menagerie: Totality, Englishness and
Empire (Ohio State University Press,
2007) reviewed in Victorian Studies; MFS: Modern Fiction Studies; Studies in the Novel; The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies; Novel; Year's Work in English Studies; and Minnesota Review. Passing mention by Margaret Drabble in The Times Literary Supplement 19 Aug 2009.
This book explores
displays of the British Empire in nineteenth- and twentieth-century
England and their relation to the form of the English novel since
the mid-nineteenth century. The central questions the project
takes up concern the way the English represented to themselves
a global imperial culture and their place within it, and how the
novel as a privileged cultural form engages such modes of representation
in the work of authors ranging from William Makepeace Thackeray
to Julian Barnes. The Novel and the Menagerie is concerned
equally with analysis of novels and attendant nonfiction writing
by nineteenth- and twentieth-century English authors, and with
attention to popular cultural documents and artifacts from archival
collections, chiefly articles and images in the popular press,
limited edition commemorative albums, broadsheet ballads, and
"ephemera" related to imperial "zoogeography"
and exhibition. (NEW!: hear the podcast conversation about The Novel and the Menagerie in the Kelvin Smith Library "Off the Shelf Series")
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