Victorian Quest Romance

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Victorian Quest Romance

Stevenson, Haggard, Kipling and Conan Doyle

Writers and Their Work

1998

June 1st, 1998

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Late Victorian quest romance has recently attracted renewed attention from critics. Much of this interest has centred on its politics of gender, and its vision of Empire. This book prefers to view the genre in the light of debates within the then nascent sciences of Anthropology and Archaeology. Starting with a discussion of the nature of romance, it goes on to interpret the encounters with lost or buried pasts. By describing encounters with remote places and times, so it argues, these authors were asking their readers disconcerting questions about humankind, and about their own culture’s institutions and beliefs. The book ends by considering the implications of such a view for the whole colonial enterprise.

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Robert Fraser is Senior Research Fellow at the Open University.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright5
Contents8
Preface9
Acknowledgements10
Chronology11
Abbreviations15
1 The Quest17
2 ‘The catawampus of Romance’21
3 Beyond the Lighthouse: Stevenson’s Treasure Island34
4 Rider Haggard’s African Romances44
5 Rudyard Kipling and the Wolves63
6 Arthur Conan Doyle and the ‘Missing Link’82
7 ‘You write the history of the world’91
Notes96
Select Bibliography100
Index107