This series offers new insights into Scottish authors, periods and topics drawing on contemporary critical approaches.
provides a critical evaluation and comprehensive overview of its subject
offers thought-provoking original critical assessments by expert contributors
includes a general introduction by the volume editor(s) and a selected guide to further reading.
This wide-ranging collection is the first to set Robert Louis Stevenson in detailed social, political and literary contexts.
The book takes account of both Stevenson's extraordinary thematic and generic diversity and his geographical range. The chapters explore his relation to late nineteenth-century publishing, psychology, travel, the colonial world and the emergence of modernism in prose and poetry. Through the pivotal figure of Stevenson, the collection explores how literary publishing and cultural life changed across the second half of the nineteenth century. Stevenson emerges as a complex writer, author both of hugely popular boys' stories and of seminally important adult novels, as well as the literary figure who debated with Henry James the theory of fiction and the nature of realism.
The collection shows how interest in the unconscious and changes in the conception of childhood demand that we re-evaluate our ideas of his writing. Individual essays by international experts trace Stevenson's literary contexts from Scotland to the South Pacific, and show him to be one of the key writers for understanding the growing sense of globalisation and cultural heterogeneity in the late nineteenth century.
Sets Stevenson in his literary, scientific and political contexts
Covers a broad range of Stevenson's fiction and non-fiction
Written by a team of international scholars
Includes an authoritative introduction and select bibliography
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Series:||Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Penny Fielding is Senior Lecturer in English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Preface vi
Brief Biography of Robert Louis Stevenson vii
Introduction Penny Fielding 1
1 Stevenson and Fiction Ian Duncan 11
2 Romance and Social Class Robert P. Irvine 27
3 Childhood and Psychology Julia Reid 41
4 Stevenson and Fin-de-Siècle Gothic Stephen Arata 53
5 Stevenson, Scott and Scottish History Alison Lumsden 70
6 Travel Writing Caroline McCracken-Flesher 86
7 Stevenson's Poetry Penny Fielding 102
8 Stevenson and the Pacific Roslyn Jolly 118
9 Stevenson and Henry James John Lyon 134
10 Stevenson's Afterlives Alex Thomson 147
Further Reading 184
Notes on Contributors 186