Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
A new scholar book with Brontë-related content:
Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons
Editor(s): Antoinette Burton, Isabel Hofmeyr
Published: 2014
Duke University Press
ISBN: 978-0-8223-5827-5

Combining insights from imperial studies and transnational book history, this provocative collection opens new vistas on both fields through ten accessible essays, each devoted to a single book. Contributors revisit well-known works associated with the British Empire, including Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Thomas Macaulay's History of England, Charles H. Pearson's National Life and Character, and Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys. They explore anticolonial texts in which authors such as C. L. R. James and Mohandas K. Gandhi chipped away at the foundations of imperial authority, and they introduce books that may be less familiar to students of empire. Taken together, the essays reveal the dynamics of what the editors call an "imperial commons," a lively, empire-wide print culture. They show that neither empire nor book were stable, self-evident constructs; each helped to legitimize the other.

Contributors. Tony Ballantyne, Elleke Boehmer, Catherine Hall, Isabel Hofmeyr, Aaron Kamugisha, Marilyn Lake, Charlotte Macdonald, Derek Peterson, Mrinalini Sinha, Tridip Suhrud, André du Toit.
(Via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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