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Author McLaughlan, Robert.

Title Re-imagining the 'dark continent' in fin de siècle literature / Robbie McLaughlan
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 237 pages)
Series Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture
Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture.
Contents Militibus Christi -- Behind the Black Velvet curtain -- Preaching to the nerves
Summary "Although nineteenth-century map-makers imposed topographic definition upon a perceived geographical void, writers of Adventure fiction, and other colonial writers, continued to nourish the idea of a cartographic absence in their work. This study explores the effects of this epistemological blankness in fin de siècle literature, and its impact upon early Modernist culture, through the emerging discipline of psychoanalysis and the debt that Freud owed to African exploration. The chapters examine: representations of Black Africa in missionary writing and Rider Haggard's narratives on Africa; cartographic tradition in Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections; and mesmeric fiction, such as Richard Marsh's The Beetle, Robert Buchanan's The Charlatan and George du Maurier's Trilby. As Robbie McLaughlan demonstrates, it was the late Victorian 'best-seller' which merged an arcane Central African imagery with an interest in psychic phenomena."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Adventure and adventurers in literature.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Popular culture -- History -- 19th century.
Africa -- Discovery and exploration.
Africa -- In literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0748647163 (electronic bk.)
9780748647163 (electronic bk.)