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Author Katz, Wendy R. (Wendy Roberta), 1945-

Title Rider Haggard and the fiction of empire : a critical study of British imperial fiction / Wendy R. Katz
Published Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987


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Description ix, 171 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Introduction; 1. The days of his life: the imperial background; 2. The politics of romance; 3. Some talk of Alexander: the imperial hero; 4. An intelligible order: Haggard's fatalism; 5. Jekyll and Hyde abroad: science and spiritualism; 6. 'A negro excepted': racism; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary While Rider Haggard's stories have been popular with several generations of readers, this was the first study to examine the place of Empire in his writing and to draw out its related political and literary implications. Dr Katz argues that the romance adventure carried an ideological burden for Haggard and that he was one of a number of imperial -minded writers-among them R. I. Sievenson, Andrew Lang, W. E. Henley and Kipling - who shared a similar world-view and certain literary traits.The book includes a biographical sketch focusing on Haggard's experiences in the Transvaal in the later 1870s and early 1880s, and his association with South Africa throughout his life; a description of the imperial background, with particular attention paid to the imperial emphasis on leadership and heroism; an analysis of romance as a literary genre; and a detailed study of Haggard's work with reference to that of other imperial writers.This book will be of value to specialists in literature, --
imperial history and politics, as well as to readers of Haggard. --Book Jacket
Analysis Fiction in English Haggard, H Rider (Henry Rider) 1856-1925
Fiction in English Haggard, H Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925 - Critical studies
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 160-166
Subject Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925.
Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925 -- Political and social views.
Adventure stories, English -- History and criticism.
Colonies in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Political fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Race relations in literature.
South Africa -- In literature.
South Africa -- In literature.
LC no. 87006581
ISBN 052133425X