Robert Louis Stevenson and the Colonial Imagination

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Overview

Making use of archival information from the London Missionary Society, the Writer's Museum (Edinburgh), the Beinecke Library (Yale U.), the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA), and the Royal Geographical Society (London), Colley examines Stevenson's life and work in the Pacific in the context of the missionary culture that surrounded him in the years before he died, in 1894. In the material, Colley finds new ways to understand Stevenson's multilayered fiction as well as his experiences in the South Seas both as a traveler and as a resident colonial in Samoa. Her fresh view offers insights into Stevenson's views on memory, alienation, power, class, and nationhood. Colley teaches English at the State U. College of New York at Buffalo. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754635062
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Stevenson and the South Sea missionaries 11
2 Stevenson's pyjamas 49
3 Colonies of memory 73
4 Lighting up the darkness 99
5 Stevenson's political imagination 135
6 The juvenile missionary magazines and A child's garden of verses 179
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