The Story of an African Farm (1883) / Edition 1

The Story of an African Farm (1883) / Edition 1

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by Olive Schreiner
     
 

ISBN-10: 1551112868

ISBN-13: 9781551112862

Pub. Date: 01/27/2003

Publisher: Broadview Press

The Story of an African Farm (1883) marks an early appearance in fiction of Victorian society’s emerging New Woman. The novel follows the spiritual quests of Lyndall and Waldo, who each struggle against social constraints in their search for happiness and truth: Lyndall, against society’s expectations of women, and Waldo against stifling

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The Story of an African Farm (1883) marks an early appearance in fiction of Victorian society’s emerging New Woman. The novel follows the spiritual quests of Lyndall and Waldo, who each struggle against social constraints in their search for happiness and truth: Lyndall, against society’s expectations of women, and Waldo against stifling class conventions. Written from the margins of the British empire, the novel addresses the conflicts of race, class, and gender that shaped the lives of European settlers in Southern Africa before the Boer Wars.

This Broadview edition includes appendices that link the novel to histories of empire and colonialism, the emergence of the New Woman, and the conflicts between science and religion in the Victorian period. Contemporary reviews are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551112862
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
01/27/2003
Series:
Broadview Literary Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Sales rank:
1,000,615
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Olive Schreiner: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Story of an African Farm

  • Dedication
    Epigraph
    Preface to the Second Edition
    Glossary
    Contents

Appendix A: Historical Contexts

  1. James Anthony Froude, from Two Lectures on South Africa (1880)
  2. Olive Schreiner, from Thoughts on South Africa (1891;1923)

Appendix B: Philosophical Contexts

  1. Herbert Spencer
    1. From “Progress: Its Law and Cause” (1857)
    2. From First Principles of a New System of Philosophy (1871)
  2. Charles Darwin, from On the Origin of Species (1859)

Appendix C: Social Contexts

  1. John Stuart Mill, from The Subjection of Women (1869)
  2. Havelock Ellis, from Sex in Relation to Society (1910)
  3. Olive Schreiner, from Woman and Labor (1911)

Appendix D: Literary Contexts

  1. Olive Schreiner, from Dreams (1890)
  2. Charles Dilke, from Problems of Greater Britain (1890)

Appendix E: Contemporary Reviews

  1. Henry Norman, “Theories and Practice of Modern Fiction,” The Fortnightly Review (December 1883)
  2. Canon Malcolm MacColl, “An Agnostic Novel,” The Spectator (13 August 1887)
  3. H. Rider Haggard, “About Fiction,” Contemporary Review (February 1887)
  4. Andrew Lang, “Theological Romances,” Contemporary Review (June 1888)

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