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Victorian Narratives of Failed Emigration - Settlers, Returnees, and Nineteenth-Century Literature in English (Electronic book text, New edition) Loot Price: R2,555 Discovery Miles 25 550

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Victorian Narratives of Failed Emigration - Settlers, Returnees, and Nineteenth-Century Literature in English (Electronic book text, New edition)

Tamara S. Wagner

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In her study of the unsuccessful nineteenth-century emigrant, Tamara S. Wagner argues that failed emigration and return drive nineteenth-century writing in English in unexpected, culturally revealing ways. Wagner highlights the hitherto unexplored subgenre of anti-emigration writing that emerged as an important counter-current to a pervasive emigration propaganda machine that was pressing popular fiction into its service. The exportation of characters at the end of a novel indisputably formed a convenient narrative solution that at once mirrored and exaggerated public policies about so-called "superfluous" or "redundant" parts of society. Yet the very convenience of such pat endings was increasingly called into question. New starts overseas might not be so easily realisable; emigration destinations failed to live up to the inflated promises of pro-emigration rhetoric; the "unwanted" might make a surprising reappearance. Wagner juxtaposes representations of emigration in the works of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Frances Trollope, and Charlotte Yonge with Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian settler fiction by Elizabeth Murray, Clara Cheeseman, and Susanna Moodie, offering a new literary history not just of nineteenth-century migration, but also of transoceanic exchanges and genre formation.

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Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2016
Authors: Tamara S. Wagner
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 352
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-4724-6708-9
Barcode: 9781472467089
Categories: Books
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LSN: 1-4724-6708-6

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